Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Jessica Ciccarelli

First Love

A daughter seeks to fulfill her mother’s last wish in Here Lies

In the opening line of her debut novel, Here Lies, Olivia Clare Friedman captures an emotion that is both foundational and indefinable, a feeling so primordial it predates our own memory of existence: a child’s love for a parent. Friedman explores this love with power and insight.

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Finding L.A.

Rosecrans Baldwin tries to make sense of Los Angeles

Author of two bestselling novels, as well as the widely acclaimed memoir Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down, Rosecrans Baldwin turns to nonfiction with an essay collection. In Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles, Baldwin grapples with defining the second largest urban entity in the U.S.

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