Couples Therapy at the End of the World

Edan Lepucki’s California is a uniquely domestic turn on the post-apocalyptic novel

by Ed Tarkington

July 17, 2014 Thanks to an unexpected bump from comedian Stephen Colbert, Edan Lepucki’s debut novel has been lifted up from the crowded field of post-apocalyptic novels to wide notice and acclaim. A unique take on the form, California focuses less on the sensational aspects of Armageddon than on the complications of domesticity in a crumbling world. Lepucki will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 17 July 2014

Crime and Punishment in the Wyoming Wilderness

C.J. Box, author of the Joe Pickett novels, explores evil and vengeance in a new story collection

by Sean Kinch

July 16, 2014 C.J. Box’s first collection of short fiction, Shots Fired, offers a fair introduction to the author’s preoccupation with irredeemable evil. While only four of the stories feature Joe Pickett, the intrepid Wyoming game warden who appears in fourteen of Box’s novels, the rest retain Box’s fascination with sudden violence, exotic animals, and rough justice. C.J. Box will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on July 28, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Defending the Homeland—Harvath Style

Brad Thor’s latest thriller pits his super-agent against a Chinese plot to destroy the U.S.

by Chris Scott

July 14, 2014 Among bestselling authors of thrillers, one of the biggest names is Brad Thor. With Act of War, Thor has proven once again why he is a favorite of the genre—and of American political conservatives. The fictional exploits of super-agent Scot Harvath provide a thought-provoking look at how far the U.S. should go to protect itself. Thor will sign copies of Act of War at the Brentwood Costco on July 19, 2014, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

Published Monday, 14 July 2014

Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes is a comedy, family drama, and unexpected romance of happy accidents

by Sarah Norris

July 10, 2014 In One Plus One, the new novel by British author Jojo Moyes, a surprising romance is set into motion by a series of mistakes. On the surface, Jess and Ed share nothing but the fact that Jess regularly visits Ed’s vacation home in order to clean it, but over the course of a hilarious, foul-smelling car trip, romantic mayhem ensues. Moyes will discuss One Plus One at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 10 July 2014

Man is Clay

Smith Henderson’s haunting debut novel introduces a troubled Montana social worker and his mission to rescue children from peril—including his own

by Ed Tarkington

July 8, 2014 With Fourth of July Creek, Smith Henderson has delivered a novel of enormous range and emotional intensity. One of the most buzzed-about debuts of the season, the book introduces Pete Snow, a troubled social worker in rural Montana, and Benjamin Pearl, a boy raised in the wilderness by his paranoid-survivalist father, Jeremiah. Henderson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 17, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The Way We Never Were

Patti Callahan Henry’s new novel portrays a family in crisis

by Faye Jones

July 3, 2014 In her latest novel, The Stories We Tell, Patti Callahan Henry offers a protagonist who has it all: a busy social life, a gorgeous house, a beautiful daughter, and a fulfilling career. But when her husband and sister are involved in a car accident and different stories emerge, she must search out the truth, no matter the cost. On July 11, 2014, Patti Callahan Henry will discuss The Stories We Tell at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville at noon and at Parnassus Books in Nashville at 5:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 3 July 2014

Poetic Thrills

Erica Wright demonstrates her range with a debut crime novel

by Liz Garrigan

July 2, 2014 The protagonist in Erica Wright’s debut crime thriller, The Red Chameleon, is Kathleen Stone, a retired NYPD cop once on the organized-crime beat. At just twenty-five, Stone is already a veritable has-been, a P.I. who now parlays her gift for disguises into spying on marital philanderers and other seemingly less dangerous pursuits. Then she wanders into her client’s murdered husband in an Upper East Side bar.

Published Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Chase Me Out of the Dark

In A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, Adrianne Harun’s characters move between the real world and the supernatural

by Stephen Trageser

June 30, 2014 Adrianne Harun is on the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters, which convenes June 8 to July 18 at The University of the South. Her debut novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, is an unflinching tale of poverty colored with a trace of magical realism.

Published Monday, 30 June 2014

In Mysterious Ways

Lin Stepp’s new novel offers a story of Christian faith and romance in the Smoky Mountains

by Faye Jones

June 25, 2014 Middle-aged Grace Conley shakes up her life and her family when she suddenly decides to buy a bed-and-breakfast in East Tennessee. In Lin Stepp’s sixth Smoky Mountain novel, Down By the River, Grace learns to follow her own dreams while discovering a reinvigorated religious faith and perhaps even romance. Lin Stepp will appear at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Brentwood on June 28, 2014, at 1 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Straight, No Chaser

Jon Sealy’s debut novel, The Whiskey Baron, satisfies with both flash and impact

by Randy Fox

June 19, 2014 Jon Sealy’s debut novel is an impressive tale of country noir set against the backdrop of Prohibition. Sealy will discuss The Whiskey Baron at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 23, 2014, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 19 June 2014

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