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Theory of Remainders

Scott Dominic Carpenter


At fifty-two, psychiatrist Philip Adler is divorced, alone, and gutted of passion. When a funeral draws him back to his ex-wife’s homeland of France, the trip reunites him with a trauma he has struggled to forget: the brutal death of his teenage daughter fifteen years earlier. Prodded by his former brother-in-law and stirred by the unspent embers of his marriage, he embarks on a mission to resolve lingering questions about this past, hoping to heal himself along the way. The search leads to a disturbed man who may hold more answers than anyone expects—if only Philip can hear what he’s trying to say.

Directed & EDITED by
Adam Cushman

Produced by
Film 14

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It is poetry, suspense, life-changing reader revelation. Nothing I have read in the last three or four years even comes close.

John LehmanRosebud Book Reviews

For anyone who values a literary novel of substantial depth in character development, language, sense of place and reader engagement, Theory of Remainders ranks as a must-read.

Audrey Kletscher HelblingMinnesota Prairie Roots

There are no easy solutions when trauma is at the heart of the story. Theory of Remainders provides the reader with an emotionally rich portrayal of the experience of loss that looks past easy solutions and instead digs deep into human connections.

Alison FeighJacob Wetterling Resource Center

Scott Dominic Carpenter

Scott Dominic Carpenter teaches French literature and critical theory at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. His fiction has appeared in a broad array of literary journals, and his collection of short stories, This Jealous Earth, came out in 2013. For more visit: