Under the Mercy Trees is now available on audiobook from Dreamscape Media. Download it on Libro.fm, Audible or your favorite audiobook platform. I'm thrilled with the beautiful narration by Andrew Eiden, Hillary Huber, Jo Anna Perrin, and Andi Arndt.
“A melancholy mood suffuses Newton’s nimble debut.... [An] eloquent, sorrowful novel.... Readers of both Pat Conroy, on one hand, and Carson McCullers, on the other, will relish Newton’s flawed characters and piquant portrayal of small town life.” --Booklist (starred review)
“Newton delivers across the board with these characters, who run the gamut from perky to depressive, desperate to schizophrenic.” --Publishers Weekly
“A novel that seamlessly, beautifully, twines past with present to show how we can never escape our histories or the deeds—good and bad—that create those histories. The powerful, swelling conclusion of this book raised gooseflesh on my arms and had me near tears. ” --Tom Franklin, New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
“Under the Mercy Trees is an amazing novel, driven by mystery, and weaving past and present stories into an intricate and mesmerizing design.... An extraordinary piece of work.” --Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life
My piece Table Manners is up at The Dirty Spoon here and available to listen to here. It was previously published in The Carolina Table anthology and on the Bookclub Girl blog, but never with such dramatic musical accompaniment or a cute illustration. If you like food, literature, and art, add The Dirty Spoon to your reading and listening lists. Now pass the butter mints.
The novel I'm working on now features embedded fairy tales. This one, The Sound Seeker, was published in the June issue of Enchanted Conversation Magazine, art credit Amanda Bergloff. Enjoy!
Some exciting things going on at the Flatiron Writers Room in the next few months, among them a conversation with authors Norma Watkins and Marjorie Klein in Sunday, December 10th at 3pm with book sales by Malaprop's (free event), and a day-long Pop-Up Writers Retreat January 20th 9:30am-4:30pm. You can check out all FWR offerings AND […]
Looking forward to writing more and better in 2018? Join me Tuesday evenings starting February 20th (6-8:30 p.m.) for ten weeks of Methodical Madness with the Great Smokies Writing Program: This course is for writers of fiction who want to generate new work, and have work critiqued for revision in a supportive workshop setting. Students […]
My writing group is having a stellar year. One member has a YA novel coming out soon and three others of us have finished first drafts of new novels. It therefore seems like a good time for me to suggest some rules to follow when a friend publishes a book. 1. Comments are closed. […]
Do you long to write, but just can’t seem to work it into your life? Do your writing resolutions last about as long as your New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym? Whip your atrophied writing muscles into shape this summer with this generative class for beginning or experienced fiction and creative nonfiction writers. We'll do […]
I think AWP (annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs) will be chill this year. I don’t have a new book out so I don’t have to self-promote. I have an agent, so I don’t have to corner agents in the ladies’ room and push sample pages under the stall door. I’m […]