Buy Now

Buy This Book Online

Find A Local Bookstore


Homing Instincts

First Novel Contest

Available Now!

ISBN: 978-0-9911499-3-3

About This Book

winner of the Fiction Attic Press First Novel Contest

“A pitch perfect debut novel.”

A story of loss, change and transcendence, Homing Instincts follows Seth Hingham, a young wildlife biologist, as he struggles to put his life back together after his news anchor girlfriend walks out on him and his much loved father dies.

Seth longs to retreat to the pristine woodlands of New England’s North Country, where he believes anonymity and solitude will heal his wounds. But a slow job market up North forces him to first make a detour to his Connecticut hometown.

Old ghosts pop up, as Seth’s cousin concocts a plan to honor the memory of a high school classmate killed in a long ago accident for which Seth has always felt responsible. At the same time, changing family dynamics in the wake of his father’s death are toppling the old status quo as Seth struggles to determine who he is and where he belongs. A chance at new love with a spirited, yet fragile, single mother further complicates the picture.

cover art by Roxanne Steed

Homing Instincts traces Seth’s painful, redemptive, and sometimes humorous, journey to re-imagine his past and create a new future.

In Karen Guzman’s pitch perfect debut novel, the past holds Seth prisoner with exquisite power, keeping him frozen in time…This is a splendid book.” — Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times Bestselling author of Lost and Found and other novels.

“Karen Guzman’s eye for detail and ear for the truth take us on a journey of redemption as Seth gingerly tests a new relationship and tries to put his troubled past into perspective. Homing Instincts wraps a complex contemporary tale in lyrical language and astute insights.” — Susan Schoenberger, author of A Watershed Year and The Virtues of Oxygen.

Order the paperback directly from Fiction Attic Press now.

338 pages. Paperback: $17.99.

Want to order from your favorite online retailer? Please use the BUY button below the cover image to order the ebook or paperback from Indiebound, Amazon, and other retailers.

Thanks to these bookstores and libraries for supporting small presses and debut authors:

Breakwater Books in Guilford, CT; Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT; Durham Public Library in Durham, CT; and Levi E. Coe Library in Middlefield, CT.

To connect with the author or attend one of her readings in Connecticut, visit Karen Guzman’s author website.

Spread the word:

Did you know that reader reviews make a huge difference in the discoverability of a book? If you enjoyed Homing Instincts, please share your thoughts with other readers:

Homing Instincts on Goodreads

Homing Instincts on

Homing Instincts on Amazon