Only When I Fall

Upmarket Fiction

Tris, a homeless heroin addict and one-time graffiti artist, struggles to survive on the streets of Boston. Desperate to escape this harsh reality, Tris immerses himself in his inner world of sketches and classical painting. But he can’t hide in his art forever. When Mia Clarke, his drug dealer and former partner in both love and graffiti, secretly enters one of his paintings into an online art contest, the image goes viral, sparking a widespread search for a troubled loner with a singular gift.

But not everyone searching for Tris means him well. A posh art dealer with a trail of disappearing protégés, a social network moderator obsessed with the anonymous contest entry, and a groundskeeper required to evict the homeless are all circling in on the abandoned utility room under a Charles River bridge where Tris has been staying.

Unaware of his pursuers closing in, Tris must shake his demons or risk losing not only his life’s work and the person he loves, but the very life to which he clings. While Mia, weighed down by her guilt, must fight to save the man she wishes she didn’t love—for herself, for him, and for the daughter he never knew he had.