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“Astonishing… Introducing an amazing new talent to the world of fiction.”
Library Journal (Starred Review)




They come in the abandoned hour of the night, moving through quiet arterial streets empty intersections, past gated storefronts and darkened windows, homeless men curled in to bus stop shelters, prostitutes walking the desolate concrete stretches.

So begins the story of David Darby and his son Whitley, known simply as “The Kid.” It’s been a year since Lucy Darby’s death, and the two are still struggling to deal with the hole she’s left in their lives. When the shadow of Y2K uncertainty looms, the precarious reality Darby and The Kid share starts to unravel as they try desperately to save their wounded family.


“Scott O’Connor speaks softly and somehow manages to make something beautiful of unspeakable matters… a voice so insistently stirring, you want to lean in close to catch every word.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“O’Connor’s prose is as beautifully terse as his plot… squeezing the reader’s emotions so that when the myth of the “perfect” family begins to dissolve… it feels like the inevitable waking from a halcyon dream.”
–Daniel Kraus, Booklist

“Astonishing… Introducing an amazing new talent to the world of fiction.”
Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Tender, haunting, exquisitely profound… an eloquent celebration of familial love made all the more poignant by tragedy.”
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“Once in a very long time, a book comes along that resonates and sings with heart. It’s characters so real you want to touch them, hug them. . . .And when it is over you wish you could read it all for the first time, again. That is how good this book is.”
Crimespree magazine

“Bring[s] the darkness in bold and daring ways…reminiscent of Nathanael West’s Day of the Locust.”
–Jim Ruland, San Diego City Beat

“O’Connor maps the territory of dread and despair that makes the reader ache, that will not let the reader alone, even long after the last page of this beautifully written novel has been turned. With deft, precise, almost Hemingwayesque language, O’Connor has written a story that is deeply poignant.”
–M.C. Wood, Buzzine

“The world of Scott O’Connor’s debut novel is tough, worn, and thoroughly lived in, and is as vivid and painfully honest as anything I’ve read in a very long time. Do not sleep on Untouchable, this is the real thing.”
–Nathan Singer, author of A Prayer for Dawn and In the Light of You

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