Bad Faith

A Paperback Original from Queen’s Ferry Press.


With results both liberating and disastrous, the characters of Bad Faith flee the trappings of contemporary domestic life. A father visits a college friend in El Salvador rather than face difficulties with the birth of his third child. A boy comes to terms with his fractured family and the disabled father responsible for his care after his soldier mother is stationed overseas. A biracial man journeys across Nebraska for the funeral of his white mother and strikes up an improbable if dishonest relationship with a centenarian Irish woman. And in the collection’s title story, the running narrative of a pathetic yet oddly compelling ladies man culminates in an unexpected and deadly confrontation. In Theodore Wheeler’s collection of prize-winning stories, the herd can’t always outpace the predator.


“Theodore Wheeler’s debut collection of fiction Bad Faith is a perfect lesson in perfidy, deception, and duplicity, a contemplative exploration of the vagaries of the double-minded human heart.”     – Amina Gautier, author of The Loss of All Lost Things

“These stories turn the reader’s expectations on their head as Wheeler spins stunning arabesques, scoring the surface of his characters’ reality to reveal the malice, confusion, and ultimate frailty of us all.”     – Jonis Agee, author of The Bones of Paradise

“Wheeler’s characters occupy the edges of their lives, the gray places of the heart. They yearn for inclusion at the same time that they feel pulled into isolation. At the heart of this brilliant book is the desire to connect—with others, with the world around us, and with the lost parts of ourselves. Filled with powerful insights and a nuanced understanding of human nature, Bad Faith is a major achievement, and Theodore Wheeler is a writer to be reckoned with.”     – Brent Spencer, author of Rattlesnake Daddy: A Son’s Search for His Father

“Superbly chiseled prose conveying extraordinarily hardscrabble lives, Bad Faith explores dark alleys within the epiphany that some of us are more fated to hell than heaven on earth. Theodore Wheeler is the real deal and then some.”     – Mark Wisniewski, author of Watch Me Go


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Please inquire at the following independent bookstores for signed copies of Bad Faith:

Omaha, Nebraska 
The Bookworm 2501 S 90th Street. (402) 392-2877.
Legend Comics & Coffee 5207 Leavenworth Street. (402) 391-2377.
Jackson Street Booksellers 1119 Jackson Street. (402) 341-2664.
Solid Jackson Books 3925 Farnam Street. (402) 614-2883.

Lincoln, Nebraska
Indigo Bridge Books 701 P Street, The Creamery Building. (402) 477-7770.
Francie & Finch 130 S 13th Street. (402) 781-0459.

Chicago, Illinois
The Book Cellar 4736 N Lincoln Ave. (773) 293-2665.

Iowa City, Iowa
Prairie Lights 15 S Dubuque St. (319) 337-2681.

Des Moines, Iowa
Beaverdale Books 2629 Beaver Ave. (515) 279-5400.

San Francisco, California
Green Apple Books on the Park 1231 9th Ave. (415) 742-5833.
Green Apple Books 506 Clement St. (415) 387-2272.
Books Inc. in the Marina 2251 Chestnut St. (415) 931-3633.

Berkeley, California
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave. (510) 649-1320.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Boswell Book Company 2559 N Downer Ave. (414) 332-1181.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Magers & Quinn Booksellers 3038 Hennepin Ave S. (612) 822-4611.

Washington, DC
East City Bookshop 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE. (202) 290-1636.

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