R.A. Frumkin is a novelist, short story writer, critic, journalist, and professor of English and creative writing at Southern Illinois University.
A dazzling epic that follows two very different families in Cleveland across generations, beginning with their patriarchs, who become irrevocably intertwined one fateful night
A blistering dark comedy, Rebekah Frumkin's The Comedown is a romp across America, from the Kent State shootings to protest marches in Chicago to the Florida Everglades, that explores delineating lines of race, class, religion, and time.
Scrappy, street smart drug dealer Reggie Marshall has never liked the simpering addict Leland Bloom-Mittwoch, which doesn’t stop Leland from looking up to Reggie with puppy-esque devotion. But when a drug deal goes dramatically, tragically wrong and a suitcase (which may or may not contain a quarter of a million dollars) disappears, the two men and their families become hopelessly entangled. It’s a mistake that sets in motion a series of events that are odd, captivating, suspenseful, and ultimately inevitable.
Both incendiary and earnest, The Comedown steadfastly catalogs the tangled messes the characters make of their lives, never losing sight of the beauty and power of each family member’s capacity for love, be it for money, drugs, or each other.
“Devastatingly smart...That this is Frumkin's debut makes the ambition of this story all the more remarkable.”
—NYLON, 50 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018
“Ambitious, sensitive, and busy...this is a powerful debut. Frumkin has talent to burn.”
—Kirkus, starred review
"A book about crests and troughs, highs and comedowns, joys and brutalities -- about how easily our lives are wrecked, but also how powerfully we're able to survive and rebuild."
—Nathan Hill, The New York Times Book Review
“Ambitious. . . . The Comedown deliver[s] a robust multigenerational tale indicting the boomers’ bumbling on race, religion and money.”
—The Washington Post