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Here Lies a Father


Fifteen-year-old Ian Daly’s moral universe is turned upside down when, at his father’s funeral, he discovers that his father had two secret families.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before January 5, 2021.

Forthcoming: 1/5/21

$15.95 $11.96

What people are saying…

“Keenly observed and beautifully written, Mckenzie Cassidy’s Here Lies a Father follows a blue-collar Holden Caulfield through a weekend odyssey of family secrets, lies, and revelations. It’s a novel for anyone who has ever wondered about their parents’ pasts—I couldn’t put it down.”
—Sara Pritchard, author of Help Wanted: Female

“A marvelous read, full of surprises, home truths, and excellent prose. Mckenzie Cassidy has joined the illustrious ranks of Ivan Turgenev and his classic Fathers and Sons.”
—John Bowers, author of In the Land of Nyx: Night and Its Inhabitants


Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before January 5, 2021.

When Ian Daly and his sister Catherine arrive for their wayward father’s funeral in his small and desolate Upstate New York hometown, a secret that was kept from them their entire lives emerges: their father Thomas abandoned two other families, leaving behind two furious wives and several children who never knew their father.

For as long as Ian can remember, his own family has covered up for Thomas’s alcoholism and bipolar disorder. Now, Ian wants to know the truth, but is met with resistance from his own sister and their mother, who want to preserve the carefully constructed myth they’ve created around who Thomas really was.

In the cold, lonely winter landscape of small-town New York, fifteen-year-old Ian sets out alone to learn the truth about his father’s past and the families he left behind. Here Lies a Father examines the long-term effects shameful secrets have on a family, and how difficult it is for a young man to reconstruct his own sense of right and wrong, when every value and moral principle he was ever taught was based on a lie.

A debut novel on our Kaylie Jones Books imprint.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Published: 1/5/21
  • IBSN: 9781617757570
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758713


MCKENZIE CASSIDY is a writer, journalist, marketer, and professor living in Fort Myers, Florida. His work has appeared in the anthology Walk Hand in Hand into Extinction: Stories Inspired by True Detective, Flash Fiction Magazine, Florida Weekly, and in multiple newspapers throughout southwest Florida. He holds an MFA from Wilkes University and is a regular blogger for the Florida Writers Association. Here Lies a Father is his first novel. Learn more at

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