Fiction

Where the Half-Truths Live

In Monday’s Lie by Jamie Mason, a secret agent’s daughter finally confronts her past

by Kathryn Justice Leache

March 5, 2015 Dee Aldrich, protagonist of Jamie Mason’s new thriller, Monday’s Lie, struggles to decrypt her late mother’s mysterious past and connect it with a present-day crisis. Jamie Mason will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 12, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 5 March 2015

Ethnic Identity Theft

In Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, cyber-stalking leads to personal revelation

by Sean Kinch

March 4, 2015 The new novel by Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, tells the story of a Manhattan dentist, Paul O’Rourke, whose practice is in perfect working order but whose personal life is an unqualified mess. Ferris will appear at Salon@615 at 6:15 p.m. at the Nashville Public Library on March 10, 2015. The salon is a free, ticketed event.

Published Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Students of Reinvention

In Holly LeCraw’s The Half Brother, a Southern teacher seeks reinvention in a New England boarding school

by Emily Choate

March 2, 2015 In Holly LeCraw’s The Half Brother, Atlanta-raised Charlie Garrett arrives at his teaching post in a wealthy New England boarding school seeking reinvention. When he falls into a powerful entanglement with his school’s chaplain, Charlie finds himself pulled closer into the strong orbit of his own past. Holly LeCraw will discuss The Half Brother at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 9, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Monday, 2 March 2015

Restless Cravings

With Into the Savage Country, Shannon Burke delivers a grand adventure in the tradition of Jack London

by Ed Tarkington

February 26, 2015 Set in the Wild West of the early nineteenth century, Shannon Burke’s new historical novel, Into the Savage Country, is a deftly written novel of love and adventure that evokes the classic tales of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson. Burke will appear at the Laurel Theater in Knoxville on March 5, 2015, at 7 p.m. in an event sponsored by the Knoxville Writer’s Guild. On April 6, 2015, at 7 p.m., he will give a reading at the John C. Hodges Library on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville as part of the Writers in the Library series.

Published Thursday, 26 February 2015

A Collection of Oddities

Mosquitoland, a debut YA novel by David Arnold, introduces a snarky but beguiling teen protagonist

by Susannah Felts

February 25, 2015 Mosquitoland, the debut novel from former Nashvillian David Arnold, introduces a beguiling new voice in young-adult fiction. Edgy, insightful, and full of heart, the novel is a road narrative that readers of all ages should fall for. Arnold will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 3, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Shadow of Death

The young hero of Where All Light Tends to Go, David Joy’s debut novel, struggles to overcome a legacy of crime

by Sean Kinch

February 24, 2015 Jacob McNeely, the eighteen-year-old hero of David Joy’s Where All Light Tends to Go, dreams of starting a new life somewhere else but feels stuck in his piddling Appalachian home town, doomed to follow the path of his meth-dealing father. David Joy will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on March 3, 2015, at 6:30 pm.; at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 1, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.; and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on May 2, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Sin City Badges

Bill Loehfelm’s latest thriller finds an honest cop the target of a cop-killing ring

by Liz Garrigan

February 20, 2014 Maureen Coughlin, the protagonist of Bill Loehfelm’s debut thriller, The Devil She Knows, is back in Doing the Devil’s Work, but she’s still finding her way in the notoriously corrupt New Orleans Police Department. Loehfelm will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on February 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Friday, 20 February 2015

Even Brighter Lights

Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City is set for a Broadway debut

by Mary Emily Vatt

February 18, 2015 Jay McInerney’s career-making debut novel, Bright Lights, Big City, will soon be opening on Broadway.

Published Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Winning the Literary Lottery

Chattanooga native Meredith Russo signs her first book deal—for a six-figure advance

by Mary Emily Vatt

February 12, 2015 Chattanooga native Meredith Russo has just signed a six-figure book deal for her first YA novel, If I Was Your Girl, the story of a transgender teen.

Published Thursday, 12 February 2015

Homecoming

In a gently fictionalized memoir, Alan Lightman recalls his remarkable family and his Memphis boyhood

by Maria Browning

February 12, 2014 Novelist Alan Lightman is the grandson of M.A. Lightman, who founded the Malco movie theater chain and was the formidable patriarch of a smart, talented, temperamental family. In Screening Room Lightman recounts the history of his remarkable kin and the Memphis they helped to shape. He will appear at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on February 19, 2015, at 6 p.m., and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 20, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 12 February 2015

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