Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Ralph Bowden

Trauma, Suffering, and Joy

Karen Spears Zacharias winds up her Appalachian trilogy

Karen Spears Zacharias’s Christian Bend is the final novel in a trilogy set in the small East Tennessee community of the same name. It adds new characters and plot twists to the major issues set up in the first two novels, Mother of Rain and Burdy.

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Quoth the Raven

Jim Minick’s novel of faith healing begins with a disastrous fire

In Fire Is Your Water, Jim Minick’s debut novel, a young couple faces disasters and struggles with their relationships to each other and to God. Minick will appear at The Arts Building in Chattanooga on August 27; and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15; and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on October 15.

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Before Extinction

Claire Cameron’s The Last Neanderthal gives words to a human ancestor who used very few

The Last Neanderthal, Claire Cameron’s third novel, toggles between the life of a fierce Neanderthal woman struggling alone to survive and give birth, and the life of an equally determined scientist struggling to defend her work as she too anticipates the birth of a child. Cameron will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Torn Between Love and Adventure

Dewey Lambdin’s Captain Lewrie has it all: new love and the chance to command an offense against France

Captain Lewrie sets up a London house and falls in love before the Admiralty finally invites him to plan a daring offensive in A Fine Retribution, the twenty-fourth naval adventure by Dewey Lambdin.

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Summer Love

Mary Alice Monroe’s new novel sets beach-read romance on an actual beach

Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House for Rent links the story of two women struggling to overcome loss with the environmental concerns on coastal South Carolina’s Isle of Palms. Monroe will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 29 at 6 p.m., and at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Chattanooga on June 30 at 7 p.m.

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Beauty in the Unknown

Setting Free the Kites, Alex George’s new novel, tackles friendship and loss

In his second acclaimed novel, Setting Free the Kites, Alex George creates a pair of teenage protagonists facing wrenching grief. George will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. on March 3.

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