The author explores toxic masculinity and #MeToo in his first novel available 06/15

“Silverman” by K. Wergland

“A funny and sincere novel.”—BookLife”Heart and humor.”—Kirkus Reviews

On June 15, Bostonian author K. Wergland will release “Silverman,” a tragic, sexy, and funny story about a musician, his band, his wife, and his lover. Questions of toxic masculinity and #MeToo inform themes of identity and legacy in this debut novel.

Eight years after Ben Silverman left his band on the altar of fame, Da Funk reunites at Roseland, New York. A recording contract appears. Brought back to the fast and loose world of funk, Ben meets a long-lost love he can’t resist. Her marriage explodes. His wife disappears. Ben must deal with the issues of his life, his music and his legacy to his children.

Tragic, sexy, and funny, this rambunctious page-turner from Best New American Voices nominee K. Wergland asks the question of what it means to be a man here and now — and answers it with empathy and wit.

Talking points:

  • how toxic masculinity creates insecurity, leading to sexual competition and risky behavior
  • how victims of abuse can let themselves be loved
  • how trauma affects parenthood

“This exuberant novel… probes life’s delicate questions with great heart… With refreshing wit and intimacy, Wergland creates a nuanced portrait of a family on the brink of collapse. An intimate portrait of a musician torn between past and present makes for a funny and heartfelt novel. —BookLife

“By turns emotionally insightful and ironic… A novel about the re-enactment of the old band that has heart and humor.” —Kirkus Reviews

K. Wergland, nominated for Best New American Voice, has been published in Boston Literary Magazine, Clarion Magazine (forthcoming), The Long Story, Phoebe, The Pinch, The Urbanite and other magazines. Wergland holds an MFA from Vermont College and a BA in Writing from Emerson College. She lives on the outskirts of Boston with her family. Contact her at KWergland.com.

Press kit: https://www.kwergland.com/silverman-media-kit

$16.99 US / 285 pages / ISBN 979-8-9857659-0-8 / 5”x8” Trade Paperback / Publication date 6/15/22 / Amazon

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