The Southern Bookseller Review brings you half a dozen great books to add to your already teetering bedside stack.  Recommended by Southern indie booksellers, in the belief that there is a book for every reader.

6/8/2021

Overlooking painful stories is part of the problem.

Chris Offutt

“Quite aside from being one of our finest storytellers, in his first crime novel Chris Offutt reminds us as always of how much we’ve pushed away from us—the natural world, kindness, community—and that the time will come when we reach again and it’s no longer there for the asking.”—James Sallis

Next Thursday, June 17th, Chris Offutt will be joining Reader Meet Writer. His new novel, The Killing Hills, is a “debut” of sorts for the author. He is a beloved and admired novelist and short story writer, a voice for Appalachia and the Ozarks, and a memoirist, essayist, screenwriter…the list goes on for so long that it seems impossible “crime novelist” wasn’t on it.

…until now. The Killing Hills is a thriller set in a small Kentucky community where a suspicious death exposes conflicting loyalties, rivalries, and resentments of friends and neighbors.

Offutt is a favorite among Southern indie booksellers:

“This was a blast! Hill country Kentucky noir with characters that both repulse and endear. A tough combo that works well with the plot of familial vengeance that piles up the bodies without understanding the cause that makes the blood boil so hot. Superb.” — Pete Mock, McIntyre’s Books, Pittsboro, North Carolina

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In this issue:
Bookseller Buzz: Animal by Lisa Taddeo
Reviews of There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura, What Will You Be? by Yamile Saied Méndez, Kate Alizadeh (Illus.), Stranger Care by Sarah Sentilles, With Teeth by Kristen Arnett, The Marvelous by Claire Kann, Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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