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CWP Faculty’s Novella Published with Gimlet Media’s “Homecoming” Podcast


BFA/MFA faculty member John Brandon has written a companion novella to pair with the second season of Homecoming, the podcast that has become a hit Amazon Prime Original television series starring Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky, and Sissy Spacek.

Created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg and launched in 2016 as the first scripted series from Gimlet Media, the podcast stars Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, Amy Sedaris, and David Cross. Homecoming centers on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life—presented in an enigmatic collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations. The result is an innovative, immersive audio experience—a mystery unfolding across the twelve episodes of Seasons One and Two.

The second season of the podcast, launched in 2017, was released with a free companion novella called The Lost Coast. Written by John Brandon and following soldier Walter Cruz after he leaves the Homecoming Initiative, each chapter pairs with a Season Two episode. The book is available in free chapters exclusive to Apple’s iBooks, while the podcast is available for free through Apple Podcasts.

Following the podcast’s launch in November 2016, Universal Cable Productions acquired the rights to the show and Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail joined the project as a producer. The series premiered on Amazon Prime Video in November 2018 and has since been nominated for a number of awards, including three Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Julia Roberts), Best Television Series - Drama, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Stephan James).

Catch up on John’s novella and the Homecoming podcast through Apple Podcasts and iBooks, and watch the show on Amazon Prime Video. For more show updates and information, be sure to follow the podcast and the show on Twitter.