Barrow's Point
by Robert Schirmer

Winner of the 2015 Gival Press Novel Award

Glimmer Train Bulletin essay

2017 San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention for Gay Fiction
2016 Foreword INDIES Finalists for LGBT (Adult Fiction)
2016 London Book Festival Honorable Mention

2018 eLit Award for LGBT Fiction
2017 Housatonic Book Award for Fiction
2017 Amsterdam Book Festival for General Fiction
2017 San Francisco Book Festival for Gay Fiction
2017 Before Columbus Foundation Award for Fiction
2017 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction
2017 Pushcart Prize
2017 CLMP Firecracker Award for Fiction
2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize
2016 National Book Award for Fiction
2016 London Book Festival Award for Fiction


“An expressionistic, sometimes-murky mystery that engagingly depicts communal fears and the people caught up in them.”
Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews, December 20, 2016

The Huffington Post, The Blog by Melanie Bishop:
November 11, 2016

Young Gay Men, Bludgeoned In Barrow’s Point | The Huffington Post

Carmel Magazine, by Melanie Bishop, p. 90
November 1, 2016

In Review: Two Hot Debut Novels, Barrow’s Point

Advance Praise:
“There’s a serial killer on the loose, and in the fishbowl setting of Robert Schirmer’s Barrow’s Point, ‘shadow selves’ of fear overtake the town’s residents. No one can be trusted. Schirmer peoples his remarkable book with characters conflicted by their own discordant passions and prejudices. The writing is sensuous, the plot unpredictable, and the upshot brilliantly captures the unease of our times.”
—Ann Cummins, author of Red Ant House and Yellowcake

“Already distinguished for his short fiction, Schirmer now has given us Barrow’s Point. Schirmer’s fans will find, in addition to well-earned suspense, a richly nuanced portrayal of the McGregor family, Iris and her three sons, whose complex, private troubles raise an eerie echo of their small town’s responses to the murders of a series of gay men.”
—Elizabeth Evans, author of As Good as Dead and Carter Clay

Barrow‘s Point is an eye-opening, engaging and emotionally touching novel. Ostensibly, it is a murder mystery: Gay men are being killed one by one in a college town in Wisconsin. A gay cop and the rest of the police force have few, if any, leads in their search for the killer. Within this frame, a complex story of family dynamics and intimate relationships emerges. There are incidents of rage, sorrow and reconciliation. We learn how gayness or straightness brings people together or, more often, pushes them apart. There are no simple answers in this story of several people who live with or close to each other, but for whom intimacy is a state that is needed but not easily achieved.”
—Thaddeus Rutkowski, judge and author of Violent Outbursts