The books Southern indie booksellers are recommending to readers everywhere!
A Spring 2021 Read This Next! Title
The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt
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 from McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro, NC
Great collection from a promising voice! Immensely readable.
Love Like That by Emma Duffy-Comparone (List Price: $24.99, Henry Holt and Co., 9781250624550, 3/9/2021)
Reviewed by James Harrod, Malaprop’s Bookstore Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina
From the publisher: “Until now, Outer Banks native Evie Austin has been the baddest girl on the planet. What comes next?”
I really enjoyed this novel–the pacing is good, the characters’ stories are compelling, and the small beach town setting is so well-described I can picture it clearly.
The Baddest Girl on the Planet by Heather Frese (List Price: $25.95, Blair, 9781949467161, 3/2/2021)
Reviewed by Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia
Alternating between Montana in 2002 after Polly has banged her head pretty badly and a local girl has disappeared on the Yellowstone River, and the consequential 1968 of Polly’s lush, swirling childhood on Long Island, Harrison shows us how the past and present intertwine and mirror each other. The stories and secrets tucked throughout generations emerge, reminding us how the loyal bonds of family are often inexpressible and revelatory.
The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison (List Price: $26, Counterpoint, 9781640092341, 1/12/2021)
Reviewed by Ben Groner, Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee
What a great away to start the new year! Take a dollop of Hiaasen, add some Hillerman, grind it all up with a Craig Child pestle (my favorite naturalist writer and historian), and you end up with a great metaphysical mishmash of cultures, places, of history and who does it belong too, all under the wide open Southwestern skies and the stoic remains of a people long since disappeared. I can’t wait to share this utterly entertaining novel with people!
Picnic In the Ruins by Todd Robert Petersen (List Price: $16.95, Counterpoint, 9781640093225, 1/5/2021)
Reviewed by Pete Mock, McIntyre’s Fine Books in Pittsboro, North Carolina