Hickory Ditch, Arkansas – July 2012
Popular fried chicken chain Wings of Glory is under attack from homosexual activists, and Harvest Mission Pentecostal Church is ready to fight back.
Caught in the crossfire of a culture war in which they never enlisted, Casper and Brant will each have to find his own answer to the age-old question: Are we really what we eat? Because if they could find the courage to tell each other their truths, they might discover there really is life after the Ditch.
CHICKEN is a Southern Gothic YA novel with an infusion of magical realism. It’s a raw, honest, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant look at falling in love in a place where angels and demons are believed in without question, but the human heart is always subject to suspicion.
What Readers are Saying:
“Wow. Just wow.”
“In my opinion, Chicken is just as relevant YA fiction as Thirteen Reasons Why, but even better written, and one I highly recommend.”
“This book plays with the reader on a very meta level, making oneself readjust the notion of the type of story they are reading and challenging our ideas of what is the magic and what is the realism of this magical realism genre jewel.”
“There were times when I laughed out loud and times when I couldn’t help but respond orally as I was reading (and one bout of messy messy crying). Chicken is a genre changer for young adult fiction in general and gay representation in media in particular.”
“There is so much praise to heap on this novel: hopeful, heartbreaking, meaningful, important, etc. I could go on and on, because there’s just something about Chicken that hit me hard and will likely stay with me for the rest of my life.”
“Night’s crisp language surprises and entertains, sparking the imagination and keeping the reader turning page after page. Here there is hope and humor in the face of damnation. You will fall in love with this story, these characters, and this new up-and-coming author.”
“If you’re looking for a magical LGBT book that’ll change your life and your perspective forever, it’s Chase Night’s CHICKEN.”
“Whoa. I literally can’t even. I am become can’t. Can’t. I was crying on the plane as it was landing.”
“There is so much depth to this novel, layers and layers to pick apart and ponder.”
“I’m not gonna mince words with this one: this book is damn well near the best gay YA book I’ve ever read. It’s sweet and painful in all the right ways. ”
“This is a beautifully written look at coming of age as a gay kid in a Christ-haunted southern community. Honestly, depending on where, when, and how you grew up, this might hit painfully close to home.”