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Downhill from Here

J.T. Ellison’s new stand-alone thriller reveals terrifying truths about an elite young skier

J.T. Ellison’s latest, Tear Me Apart, is a jaw-dropping story of suspense about a young athlete, the injury that leads to a shocking medical diagnosis, and the race to make sense of her past before it’s too late. Ellison will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 29, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held October 12-14.

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Rushing Ahead

Sorority recruitment proves to be an unlikely catalyst for change in Lisa Patton’s Rush

Lisa Patton’s Rush is a deep dive into sorority culture and a powerful treatise on the importance of extricating what’s genuinely valuable from a matrix of history, tradition, and social torpor-and leaving the rest. Patton will appear at Novel in Memphis on August 21, at Books-A-Million in Jackson on August 22, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 23, at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on September 20, and at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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A Time of War and Treachery

Brenda Rickman Vantrease takes readers back to the Civil Warthe English one

In Brenda Rickman Vantrease’s new novel, The Queen’s Promise, three women must make dangerous choices as England collapses into civil war. Vantrease will appear at Parnassus Books on August 19, and at the Southern Festival of Books, held October 12-14. Both events are in Nashville.

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Right Ho, Penelope

In Penelope Lemon: Game On!, Inman Majors summons the comic spirit of P.G. Wodehouse

The hero of Inman Majors’s new comic novel, Penelope Lemon: Game On!, is at a crossroads. Divorced and broke, she must use all her cunning and fortitude to start over—and maybe have some fun along the way. Majors will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on August 13, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 14, at Novel in Memphis on August 16, and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 12-14.

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Let the Ruin Come Down

In Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine, Kevin Wilson plumbs the tragicomic depths of misbegotten lives

A widow welcomes home her drug-addicted son after the demise of his rock band. A single mother tries to talk her son out of dressing up for Halloween as his dead brother. A chain-smoking priest attempts to cure an altar boy who faints during Communion. With the stories in Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine, Sewanee fiction writer Kevin Wilson continues his tragicomic exploration of the dark side of domesticity.

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Home to Ackerman’s Field

The Lost Country, a new posthumously published novel, is classic William Gay

William Gay’s writing doesn’t capture Middle Tennessee; it is Middle Tennessee, as much a part of the landscape as its fields and barns and creeks. Every turn of phrase, every scene describes with effortless perfection the curve of a hill, the angle of an eave, the lilt in a drawl.

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