In Our Other Lives

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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Theodore Wheeler is a reporter who covers civil law and politics in Omaha, where he lives with his wife and their two daughters. His fiction has been featured in Best New American Voices, New Stories from the Midwest, the Southern Review, the Kenyon Review, and Boulevard and received special mention in a Pushcart Prize anthology. A graduate of the MFA program at Creighton University, Wheeler was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany; a resident of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City; and a winner of the Marianne Russo Award from the Key West Literary Seminar. He is the author of Bad Faith, a collection of short fiction. Kings of Broken Things is his first novel.

"A compelling portrait." --Kirkus Reviews

"Wheeler's rich blending of Elisabeth's grief over her lost husband and isolation from her family with transcripts from Schwaller's investigation slowly builds an inviting tale. Readers will be intrigued by Wheeler's provocative juxtaposition of extremism in both Christian and Muslim ideologies." --Publishers Weekly

"Theodore Wheeler's In Our Other Lives is the kind of novel that makes you think deeply about the issues that have faced the United States since 9/11, while also telling a gripping story with great characters." --Writer's Bone

"In Our Other Lives is a deep exploration of family, faith, love, sex, abandonment, patriotism, and international intrigue. Historical events and actual people and places are deftly interwoven throughout the narrative. Wheeler's vividly rendered scenes in Nebraska, Chicago, and Wisconsin, and his characters' pitch perfect dialogue conjure a compelling tale of life in America in the period after 9/11." --Lincoln Journal Star

"Theodore Wheeler weaves a compelling and complex narrative of public pain and private loss, of lives ruined by tragedy and at the same time redeemed by discovery. He shows us that people are mysteries, even to those who love them most, and that war and its aftermath reach deep into our land and our hearts." --Mary Morris, author of Gateway to the Moon

"Reminiscent of the late Denis Johnson's masterpiece, Tree of Smoke, Wheeler's sterling novel tackles the modern world's attempt to systematically catalog the chaos of life. This clear-eyed look at society's entrance into a fully digitized world delivers a host of fascinating characters' unknowing struggles within the purview of the recently unveiled Patriot Act. As they wrestle with the old questions of what to believe in, and how to ground a life if you no longer believe in anything, it becomes clear the new information-gathering apparatus fails to understand the longing and need that propel each of them forward. An ambitious and absorbing achievement." --Devin Murphy, author of Tiny Americans

"Theodore Wheeler's In Our Other Lives is wholly engrossing. Through the mysteries of the Ahls family, narrated through the eyes of the all-knowing servers that see, hear, and record everything in the wake of the Patriot Act, Wheeler deftly weaves the intricate, vulnerable lives of his characters against the stark backdrop of the American plains, resulting in a poignant book that's as human as it is political. Once I started, I couldn't put it down." --SJ Sindu, author of Marriage of a Thousand Lies

"A captivating, thought-provoking, and sweeping novel filled with power and depth. Set against the backdrop of America's near-decade-long war on terrorism, In Our Other Lives offers a nuanced portrayal of public and private lives and the way those lives intersect, disconnect, and become lost in translation. Different kinds of losses and invasions radiate through this novel, and Wheeler reveals complexities of the human heart with subtle, beautiful prose that surprises as often as it delights." --Kassandra Montag, author of After the Flood

"Taut, knuckle-whitening, and full of intriguing questions, In Our Other Lives is a page-turner that keeps the reader guessing. An FBI agent visits Omaha, Nebraska, to gather information about a radicalized young man who was either captured while on a mission trip to Pakistan or who voluntarily joined up with a group of terrorists, only to find that in this midwestern city everyone keeps a secret; that disappearances and deaths pervade their lives as surely as they do for those in the Middle East; and that the war abroad is nearer than anyone imagined. Don't miss out on this thrilling saga about a family in turmoil and the international crisis that ties them all together." --Phong Nguyen, author of The Adventures of Joe Harper

"Powerful, provocative, fascinating, and deeply unsettling: In Our Other Lives weaves the threads that connect our lives and those who account for this haywire of memory, love, faith, reason, and understanding. I am still thinking about this one, the way it snuck up on me, and how it will not let go." --Robert Olmstead, author of Savage Country

"With the pace of a thriller and the patience of a psychological study, In Our Other Lives depicts ordinary people consumed by tragedy and obsession. Wheeler skillfully depicts the struggles of mothers, missionaries, and spies, while always paying attention to the small, beautiful impulses that make them human." --Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters