Sandeep Sanghavi, the mixed-race son of an Indian businesswoman and a famous American astromer lives a madic albeit mundane life traveling the country with his mother's hotel consulting firm. His life becomes more interesting when various lost objects suddenly begin to reappear. Then a stranger calls and claims responsibility for the returned objects in exchange for an introduction to Sandeep's astromer father, the rebellious and eccentric Van Ray, who has phone, email or qualms about having abandoned his son twenty years ago. Van Ray shows up broke with his pregnant ex-wife astronaut in tow, claiming to have discovered a big secret that will change their lives forever; a new discovery guaranteed to change him from science famous to famous famous. With his family together for the first time in years, Sandeep must juggle his father's scientific search, his mother's failing business and the tension of having family all together for the first time in decades.
Russ Franklin has degrees in math, physics, and literature, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University, as well as a Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University. His work has appeared in Oxford American, Alaska Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review and other publications. He currently teaches writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee.