As the owner of independent bookstore Park Road Books, Sally Brewster gets to read books before they hit the shelves for most of us. This year her stack of previews includes some upcoming works of fiction by Charlotte-based authors:
The Barrowfields, by Phillip Lewis (release date 3/7/17)
This debut is a deft, assured coming of age novel that won my heart from the very first page. The book follows young Henry Aster from the mountains of North Carolina to Chapel Hill, Charlotte and the Low Country as he reconciles ambition and fate as he returns to his family home and legacy. It’s reminiscent of the work of Thomas Wolfe.
Secret Sisters, by Joy Callaway (release date 7/11/17)
Callaway’s second novel is an engrossing tale of the first sorority (actually a fraternity as you find out!) established in the Midwest in the mid- to late-1900’s. The main character, Beth Carrington, is trying to obtain a medical degree at time when very few women sought higher education. She seeks companionship and support from her few female classmates as they navigate the resistant staff and male students. A great story that kept the pace from beginning to end.
Sycamore, by Bryn Chancellor, (release date 5/9/17)
This highly suspenseful novel tells the story of a young girl who disappeared 17 years ago from a small Arizona town. Bryn Chancellor, who teaches English at UNC-Charlotte, will keep heartbroken readers turning pages as they learn the tale of Jess’ fate.