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Startled Into Sudden Change

Rebellious women wrestle against fate in Cary Holladay’s Brides in the Sky

Brides in the Sky, the new story collection by Memphis writer Cary Holladay, brims with vibrant life, nuanced characters, and plots fueled by surprise and suspense. Holladay will discuss Brides in the Sky at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on February 5, at 5:30 p.m.

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To Inhabit the World When the Music Stops

In The Weight of a Piano, Chris Cander links the lives of two women through their love of a rare piano

In The Weight of a Piano, novelist Chris Cander delivers a tale of generations and continents, a tragic love story, and a powerful meditation on the power of music—and of silence. Cander will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 1.

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Profiteer and Prophet

The “man of God” at the center of Terry Roberts’s latest novel is a portrait in contradictions

Terry Roberts’s new novel, The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival, is a lyrical, dreamlike meditation on faith and death. It’s also a page-turning yarn about a law-breaking, wife-stealing, moonshine-running “man of God.” Roberts will speak at the Mildred Haun Conference at Walters State Community College in Morristown on February 1 and at the Rose Glen Literary Festival in Sevierville on February 23.

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Mayhem in Memphis

Peter Ash takes on both gangs and white supremacists in Nick Petrie’s most recent thriller

The trip to Memphis was supposed to be healing for combat veteran Peter Ash. Then he gets on the wrong side of both a powerful gang and a psychotic white supremacist. Nick Petrie will discuss Tear It Down at Novel in Memphis on January 22.

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The Weight of Mountains

Mesha Maren’s debut novel, Sugar Run, is a tale of suspense and gritty social realism

In Sugar Run, her debut novel, Mesha Maren explores the complications of addiction, obsession, and rural poverty through the lens of an ex-convict’s love affairs with two captivating and self-destructive women. Maren will discuss Sugar Run at Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 22.

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Shaping, Shaped

Adrianne Harun speaks with Chapter 16 about her new story collection

“I love that shock of recognition when what we think of as normal and mundane shifts or cracks open,” fiction writer Adrianne Harun says. Harun is on the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters.

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