Longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Nine Shiny Objects
by Brian Castleberry
In June of 1947 headlines across America reported the sighting of nine UFOs over the Cascade Mountains. Inspired by the news, Oliver Danville hitchhikes west in a fever-dream quest for a possible sign from above that might illuminate his true calling. Chance encounters lead to the creation of “the Seekers”—a collective of outcasts and idealists devoted to creating a society where divisions of race, ethnicity, and sexuality are a thing of the past.One night, after settling into a Long Island suburb, their purpose is suddenly revealed, a stranger emerges, and a horrific crime ensues. In the decades that follow, the perpetrators, survivors, and their children will be forced to face the consequences of what happened.