White Plains: A Novel

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Flynn Hawkins is a graduate assistant at a prestigious university, on his way to greatness and wisdom. But in the aftermath of 9/11, Flynn leaves his unhappy marriage and beloved children, resigns his teaching position and heads west, only to get lost in his guilt and in the mountains of Colorado. When he ends up stuck overnight in a snow drift during a blizzard on the Continental Divide, he realizes he needs to remake himself into the kind of man his children need him to be.

With wit and insight, David Hicks turns a compassionate but unblinking eye on what it means to be human—to be lost while putting yourself back together again, to be cowardly while being brave, to fail and fail again on the way to something that might be success.


“For the single man, in this case dear Flynn in White Plains, it can be a rocky road to climb toward grace; and David Hicks shows us every glorious bump on the way I found myself groaning at each of Flynn’s stumbles, but always hoping for him (especially as he assembles himself as a parent) in this glowing set of stories, a book that reads like late night messages sent from a friend. This is an honest look at a man moving from punishing bad faith toward something he finally hopes is good.”
RON CARLSON, American novelist and short story writer, award-winning author of four story collections and four novels, including Five Skies

“What happens when a man risks everything in search of a real home and big love? David Hicks shares the answer in White Plains, a thrilling and thoughtful take on what it means to live life to the fullest.”
SOPHFRONIA SCOTT, award-winning author, including the novel All I Need to Get By 


David Hicks grew up in Harrison, NY and is a professor of English at Regis University in Denver, where he co-directs the Mile-High MFA program. He and his wife Cynthia enjoy hiking with their dog Rosie and meeting his children Stephen and Caitlin for big breakfasts at Cozy Cottage, Jelly, and Sassafras.

David has published many stories in such fine journals as Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, Saranac Review, and South Dakota Review. White Plains is his first novel.