Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Sarah Norris

The First Novel

The Hero of This Book ponders the story of a mother and daughter

Elizabeth McCracken’s new novel, The Hero of This Book, offers a dazzling, prismatic story of an author reflecting on her mother and her writing. McCracken will discuss the book with Ann Patchett at Parnassus Books in Nashville on October 10.

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The Displaced

Adria Bernardi’s Benefit Street is a lyrical tale of exile

At the heart of Adria Bernardi’s third novel are five female friends, displaced from their homes and trying to carry on in a new place. Bernardi will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16 and at The Porch in Nashville on November 9.

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Illuminating the Invisible Work

Jami Attenberg reveals the writing life

In her new book, I Came All This Way to Meet You, bestselling novelist Jami Attenberg presents a stellar collection of essays about the writing life. She will appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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The Chance to Do It Over

Emma Straub’s This Time Tomorrow takes its middle-aged heroine back to her teens

Emma Straub’s This Time Tomorrow is the touching and suspenseful story of a woman given the chance to relive her 16th birthday and make choices that have the power to change the course of her future. Straub will discuss the novel with Margaret Renkl at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 18.

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The Mission of the Family

Love rules in Adriana Trigiani’s The Good Left Undone

Adriana Trigiani’s new novel is a sweeping, multigenerational romance rooted in Tuscany. Trigiani will discuss The Good Left Undone at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on May 6.

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Becoming the Characters

June Hall McCash discusses her novel The Truth Keepers

The Truth Keepers, the new novel by June Hall McCash, explores the true history of the du Bignon family in coastal Georgia during the 19th century. The story unfolds from the perspectives of his wife and mistress as each woman reckons with her secret past.

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