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Swapping Purples for Yellows

by Matthew Duffus

A Family’s Jumbled Fight to Survive. . . .

HOMECOMING CELEBRATIONS and big donor gifts don’t always mean high spirits as a troubled university couple each seek divergent paths to heal their damaged household. When a billionaire grad school dropout unveils plans for a major gift, the Sutherlands must endure the bizarre rituals of rich alumni and reunion receptions. Rob drinks and rants. Molly rolls dice and dreams of winning her own identity. Their gifted teenage daughters push and pull at the rules in opposite directions. Over the course of the weekend, they each confront their deepest secrets and undeniable flaws. A splendid debut novel that navigates a twisted trail of comical regrets and heart-wrenching uncertainty.

A terrific read, constantly engaging.

—Fred G. Leebron, author of Six Figures

. . . these characters are so well-drawn you could swear you’ve been friends with them for years. This book brims with insights about families, academia, romance, expectation, desire, disappointment, and all manners of life crisis. I couldn’t put it down.

—Amy Shearn, author of The Mermaid of Brooklyn and Unseen City

In this deeply engaging novel set on a small, college campus in North Carolina, Matthew Duffus dramatizes issues of contemporary life: the rapid growth of technology, the evolution of higher education, the shifting of family roles and sexual identities. . . . Swapping Purples for Yellows is by turns moving and comical, and the fully realized characters will long remain alive in readers’ minds and hearts.

—Allen Wier, author of Tejano and Late Night, Early Morning

About the Author

As the director of the Gardner-Webb University writing center in Shelby, North Carolina, Matthew Duffus is dedicated to writing transformative fiction. Strongly influenced by the late Barry Hannah, he crafts character-driven cathartic stories that he believes “need to be told,” exploring the tensions and challenges of the varying communities we all inhabit. A loving husband and father, Matthew is also the author of the forthcoming story collection Dunbar’s Folly and Other Stories.

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