Craig’s books

600 HOURS OF EDWARD (2012)

“Funny and quirky, Lancaster’s compulsively readable debut has a heart as big as the Montana sky.” | Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Dark

“With shades of Flowers for Algernon, author Craig Lancaster doesn’t just give life to Edward Stanton’s world; he gives life to the reader’s world.” | T.L. Hines, author of Faces in the Fire and Waking Lazarus

“600 Hours of Edward has some laugh-out-loud moments, some tender moments, and an ending that will probably bring you to tears.” | Sue Hart, PEN Award winner for syndicated fiction and 2007 WILLA Award winner for creative non-fiction

“Edward Stanton’s struggle to escape his self-imposed isolation makes for absorbing reading in this elegantly written debut novel.” | Carol Buchanan, 2009 Spur Award winner for God’s Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana

2009 Montana Honor Book

2010 High Plains Book Award winner for best first book


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ISBN: 978-1612184104

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It’s been a year of upheaval for Edward Stanton, a forty-two-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s lost his job. His trusted therapist has retired. His best friends have moved away. And even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has been disrupted. All of this change has left Edward, who lives his life on a rigid schedule, completely flummoxed.

But when his friend Donna calls with news that her son Kyle is in trouble, Edward leaves his comfort zone in Billings, Montana, and drives to visit them in Boise, where he discovers Kyle has morphed from a sweet kid into a sullen adolescent. Inspired by dreams of the past, Edward goes against his routine and decides to drive to a small town in Colorado where he once spent a summer with his father—bringing Kyle along as his road trip companion. The two argue about football and music along the way, and amid their misadventures, they meet an eccentric motel owner who just might be the love of Edward’s sheltered life—if only he can let her.


“Edward Stanton is one of the more distinct and interesting characters you’ll encounter in contemporary fiction, and it’s never dull accompanying him. Edward Adrift, like 600 Hours before it, is such a well-written, big-hearted book that its pages fly by and will leave its readers no doubt hoping for a trilogy.”—Billings Gazette

Edward Adrift is that rarest of things: a sequel that is actually better than its predecessor. In the case of Craig Lancaster’s new book, that’s saying a lot because I loved 600 Hours of Edward with all the passionate joy of a botanist discovering a new butterfly. That first novel possessed a distinct voice told by a unique character who immediately endeared himself to the reader. Now, in Edward Adrift, Lancaster deepens our understanding of 42-year-old Edward Stanton, who is plowing through the world in spite of (or perhaps because of) his Asperger’s. Edward Adrift is richer, funnier, and even more moving than our first encounter with the man obsessed with time and temperature.” —David Abrams, author of Fobbit


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Pages: 320

Format: Trade paperback and Kindle

ISBN: 978-1611099058

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Mitch Quillen is in trouble.

His marriage is a wreck. His career is sliding sideways. And his estranged father, Jim, just called his house … and said nothing. Then called again and again.

Compelled by his wife to go to his father, Mitch embarks on a journey not only in the present, through his own tangled life, but also through his memories, to a summer nearly thirty years gone that continues to haunt him, to the time and place to which he traces a lifetime of losses.

The Summer Son is an examination of two lives and the secrets they hold, and the power those secrets possess over two men who are separated by a generation and their own history. But it’s more than that: It’s about the things we see, and the ones right in front of us that we miss.

2010 Utah Book Award finalist for fiction


“Lancaster has crafted a novel that offers readers the most valuable gift any work of fiction can offer: an authentic emotional experience. The Summer Son will grip you with its pathos and insight, propel you mercilessly forward with its tension and suspense, and then wow you with an ending you won’t see coming. And when the experience is over, The Summer Son will stick with you.” | Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here and All About Lulu

“Craig Lancaster’s magnificent novel, The Summer Son, travels straight into the realm of broken hearts and hurt souls only to discover miraculous things at the core of each of us: grace and love. This is one of those rare novels that will live from generation to generation, offering sunlight to those who think the human race lives only in a stormcloud.” | Richard S. Wheeler, author of Snowbound and a five-time Spur Award winner

“The Summer Son made me laugh, made me feel, and even made me love a scoundrel.” | Kristen Tsetsi, author of Pretty Much True …

“A powerful, poignant journey through past and present. Part family saga, part mystery, The Summer Son will grab you and not let go.” | R.J. Keller, author of Waiting for Spring

“In this novel of power, psychological insight, suspense, and healing, Lancaster takes the reader on Mitch Quillen’s search with courage and emotional honesty. Moving and unforgettable!” | Carol Buchanan, Spur Award-winning author of God’s Thunderbolt and Gold Under Ice.


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Pages: 308

Format: Trade paperback and Kindle

ISBN: 978-1935597247

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A collection of ten short stories–some previously published, some not–that return to the terrain of Craig’s home state of Montana. These short works of fiction take on the notion of separation, be it from comfort zones, from ideas, from people, from security, from the mortal coil. A basketball coach caught between his team, his family and the rabid partisans in his town. A traveling salesman consigned to a late-night bus ride and a confrontation with what he’s made of his life. A prison inmate stripped of everything but self-righteousness. A teenage runaway. Mismatched lovers. All are players in Craig’s first collection of short fiction. These stories delve into farms and cities, into love and despair, into what drives us and what scares us, peeling back the layers of humanity with every page.

2012 gold medal winner, West-Mountain fiction, Independent Publishers Book Awards

2012 High Plains Book Awards finalist


Pages: 248

Formats: Trade paperback and e-book

ISBN: 978-0-9827822-5-5

Retail price: $14 in print, $2.99 in e-book


“Have you ever felt in your pocket and found a twenty you didn’t know you had; how ’bout a hundred dollar bill, or a Montecristo cigar or a 24-karat diamond? That’s what reading Craig Lancaster’s Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure is like—close and discovered treasures.”—Craig Johnson, author of The Cold Dish and Hell is Empty

“It’s a real delight to inhabit Lancaster’s lonely, darkly majestic Montana locations and desperate characters, a look at a slowly eroding 21st-century America that’s as strong as many more well-known titles by major presses. It comes strongly recommended.”—Chicago Center for Literature & Photography



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  2. Tricia Nicklas

    I just finished reading SUMMER SON. It was a great read . In fact I read til 4 AM before I
    put it down to get some sleep before work. I am now looking for other works. Keep writing.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:10 am

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