Via Chicago

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What is a family? How do families of choice develop?

These questions permeate Via Chicago as ten people come together as a familial unit after each experiencing and (at least) beginning to recover from prior traumatic experiences. Ella and Linsk are a nonmonogamous couple who have helped one another heal and built an unconventional family together with Case, Kaisa, Reeves, Jo, Andrei, and Michelle over the course of a decade. As the novel begins, Mercury has just moved to Chicago to pursue graduate study when they begin a romantic relationship with Ella and a broader emotional engagement with the family. At the same time, Mercury is beginning to work through traumatic past experiences while Jo might have found love in the form of a new guy the family just calls Twitter Boy. As the novel progresses, we follow Mercury, Jo, and the rest of the family as each relates to their own and others’ traumatic experiences and bonds together over these and other shared aspects of their lives, desires, and goals.

Via Chicago could be utilized in the teaching of sociology, families, romantic relationships, gender, sexualities, geography, urban studies, LGBTQIA studies, polyamory, trauma recovery, or narrative courses, or of course, it could be read entirely for pleasure.

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J. E. Sumerau, Ph.D. (2012), University of Tampa, is an Associate Professor and the Director of Applied Sociology. She has published six prior novels about LGBTQIA life in the U.S. as well as over 80 scholarly works at the intersection of sexualities, gender, health, religion, and violence.
Preface
Acknowledgements

Mercury
Ella
Linsk
Case
Linsk
Jo
Mercury
Case
Kaisa
Linsk
Ella
Jo
Mercury
Ella
Reeves
Case
Kaisa
Linsk
Jo
Case
Mercury
Andrei
Jo
Linsk
Ella
Reeves
Kaisa
Ella
Mercury
Case
Michelle
Jo
Linsk
Reeves
Kaisa
Mercury
Michelle
Andrei
Case
Ella
Reeves
Michelle
Andrei
Case
Linsk
Ella
Mercury
Twitter Boy
Jo
Kaisa
Ella
Linsk
Case
Mercury
Reeves
Michelle
Andrei
Jo
Kaisa
Case
Linsk
Ella
Mercury

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All interested in LGBT studies, families, trauma recovery, and romantic relationships as well as anyone interested in narratives and sociology.
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