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Family, Genus, Species


At a sprawling urban farm in the hills above Berkeley, a woman’s attempt to give a birthday present to her four-year-old nephew erupts into an epic quest, increasingly nightmarish and violent, to survive our deepest cultural chasms. A wickedly funny satire of parenting and privilege, sex and politics, set in the shadow of civil unrest.

“Kevin Allardice harnesses his great powers of description and ingenious sense of narrative for this viciously funny satire. Laurence Sterne would have been proud to call Mr. Allardice a descendant.”

-Michael Kimball

Author of Big Ray, Us and Dead Everybody

“With poignant wit, Kevin Allardice draws us into this backyard fairytale and social satire. Vee is a memorable protagonist, quirky and brave and tender. Fast-paced and suspenseful, FAMILY, GENUS, SPECIES is compelling and utterly original.”

-Vanessa Hua

Author of Deceit and Other Possibilities


Kevin Allardice

Nathaniel Jacks
Agent – Inkwell Management