The residents of Study House in part one are college students in the mid-1990s who are uniquely afflicted with various mental disorders. Confined to the same dormitory on the campus of a prominent university in the Midwest, the students form a coterie that is largely kept separate from the student body but that is under nearly constant scrutiny by the administration. The dorm residents do their best to navigate the difficulties of their conditions as well as campus life.
Part two catches up with several of the Study House residents twenty years later. Some have become successful while others have struggled, but they each feel a connection to one another, believing that their shared college experiences have somehow shaped their middle-aged selves. Standing in Doorways contains pathos and humor, attempting to answer what it means to be lost and what it means to be found again.
Paperback: 266 pages
Publishing date: December 6, 2018
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0,7 x 9 inches
Price: $19.60 (paperback)
Wes Payton has a B.A. in Rhetoric/Philosophy and an M.A. in English, having written a play for his master's thesis. His play Way Station was selected for a Next Draft reading in 2015, and What Does a Question Weigh? was selected for a staged reading as part of the 2017 Chicago New Work Festival. His first novel, Lead Tears, was released in 2016, and his second novel, Darkling Spinster, was published in 2017 by an imprint of Start Media. He has also been a short-story presenter for the Illinois Philological Association. Standing in Doorways is his third novel.