Failure to Thrive: A Novel

Susan Sink ’86, Lulu, August 2023

Failure to Thrive follows a North Dakota family during the 2008 financial crisis, which, combined with a personal crisis, thrusts them into the world of child protective services and the beginning of the kind of grievances that will eventually give rise to Donald Trump. For working-class people, meaningful work is being taken away and replaced with "driving truck" or relocating the men to fracking sites out west. A wife and daughter left at home with an additional tragedy can't cope. Failure is a lovely and heart-wrenching account from a part of the world few know.