Very early in the story, it becomes clear Martin has planned his arrival in the field. He is not homeless or suffering from dementia, as Corbina assumes. He wants to start a life without a known history. He sensed Corbina’s vulnerability when he saw her at the farmer’s market selling heirloom tomatoes (Black Krims) and then began to imagine his path to her. Corbina allows Martin to stay at her house. She does not tell her mother about Martin. The choice to allow him to live with her is informed by Corbina’s isolation and lack of a father figure, as well as her poor relationship with her mother. Her mother never spoke about Corbina’s father. Everything she says is suspect anyway; all the details are rewritten based on the audience. BLACK KRIM is a meditation on how unaware we can be of our own motivations and desires, and what happens when those needs are brought to light.
"Heirloom tomatoes lack the hardiness of grocery store hybrid varieties. They are grown in an archaic, inbred fashion; and yet, for all their isolation, they surprise one with their dramatic shapes, colors, and intense flavors-kind of like the characters in Kate Wyer's novel, BLACK KRIM. As the roots of their stubborn, closed systems slowly entangle, their surprising desires and tenderness bloom fiercely from these small, hard seeds." - Jen Michalski, author of THE TIDE KING
"Kate Wyer's Black BLACK KRIM is an elegant study of alienation and reconnection-with a warm human heart beneath the Zen-like detachment of its style." - Madison Smartt Bell, author of ZIG-ZAG WANDERER