Fiction

Each the Other’s World Entire

Novelist Beverly Lowry looks back at Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road, on its tenth anniversary

by Beverly Lowry

June 24, 2016 In the seventh of a nine-essay series commemorating the centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, Memphis native Beverly Lowry celebrates the narrative voice and original prose in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007.

Published Friday, 24 June 2016

Black Op

Graphic violence pervades every page of Joshua Hood’s new Search and Destroy thriller

by Ralph Bowden

June 23, 2016 Independent, often misunderstood, and fiercely loyal Mason Kane returns in Warning Order, Joshua Hood’s second military-spy thriller. Hood will launch the novel at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on June 30, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 23 June 2016

Another Realm of Being

Novelist Ed Tarkington reflects on the deep ambivalence that lies at the heart of Peter Taylor’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Summons to Memphis

by Ed Tarkington

June 17, 2016 In the sixth of a nine-essay series commemorating the centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, novelist Ed Tarkington considers the problematic culture depicted in Peter Taylor’s A Summons to Memphis, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987.

Published Friday, 17 June 2016

A Demon-Haunted Land

In Julia Franks’s debut novel Over the Plain Houses, a Depression-era farm wife seeks solace in the wilderness

by Sean Kinch

June 16, 2016 In Julia Franks’s Over the Plain Houses, set in western North Carolina farm country in 1939, a married woman begins to fill the witching hours of night by roaming the wild hills surrounding her farm. Her husband, an evangelical preacher, becomes convinced that his once-pious wife has repudiated God. Franks will discuss Over the Plain Houses at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 23, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 16 June 2016

Glitter and Snark

In her new novel, Dorothea Benton Frank tattles on one-percenters behaving badly

by Faye Jones

June 9, 2016 Olivia Ritchie has a nice life. She’s madly in love with her husband, a professor who has just retired, and she has a rewarding career as an interior designer for the super-rich. Dorothea Benton Frank’s latest novel, All Summer Long, takes readers on a tour of the life of the one percent while also investigating what makes a happy marriage. Frank will appear at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on June 13, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 9 June 2016

Throwback Thriller

A serial killer with a twisted agenda stalks Nashville in J.T. Ellison’s Taylor Jackson prequel, Field of Graves

by Kathryn Justice Leache

June 8, 2016 Field of Graves, a prequel to J.T. Ellison’s popular Taylor Jackson series, takes readers back in time for a serial-killer thriller with a side of juicy backstory. Ellison will appear with Heather Graham at the Green Hills Library in Nashville on June 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 8 June 2016

At the Top of His Game

With End of Watch, Stephen King combines detective fiction and the supernatural suspense of his early career

by Amy Greene

June 6, 2016 With End of Watch, Stephen King combines detective fiction and the supernatural suspense of his early career to great effect in the forms of mind control, body-swapping, and telekinesis, a la Carrie and Firestarter. King will discuss End of Watch at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on June 11, 2016, at 8 p.m.

Published Monday, 6 June 2016

Vive la Résistance!

French patriots fight Nazi occupation in Alan Furst’s new spy thriller

by Chris Scott

May 31, 2016 Alan Furst’s new novel, A Hero of France, portrays the dangers faced by the brave souls who elected to fight the Nazi occupation of France from the inside, where enemies were many and friends could not always be trusted. Furst will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 6, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Home Country

Novelist Amy Greene reflects on James Agee’s effort in A Death in the Family to tell something true in fiction

by Amy Greene

May 27, 2016 In the third of a nine-essay series commemorating the centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, novelist Amy Greene reflects on the lasting legacy of James Agee’s A Death in the Family, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1958, three years after Agee’s own death.

Published Friday, 27 May 2016

Not Every Apocalypse Has Zombies

In The Alliance, Jolina Petersheim considers faith in a time of apocalypse

by Faye Jones

May 25, 2016 Jolina Petersheim’s latest novel The Alliance, explores what it means to be moral when the world ends as you know it. While no zombies roam rural Montana, the residents of the Old Order Mennonite community there must face some hard choices that put their faith and their lives to the test. Jolina Petersheim will discuss The Alliance at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 25 May 2016

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