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a conversation with KASEY THORNTON
January 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for an evening with debut author Kasey Thornton, hosted by fellow author Drew Perry.
Purchase Lord The One You Love Is Sick from our independent bookseller partner, Scuppernong Books!
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LORD THE ONE YOU LOVE IS SICK depicts one group of individuals’ efforts to live a modern life in a traditional Southern town. Gentry Coats’ fatal overdose stuns a small community in North Carolina, triggering a series of tragic even
ts that threaten the town’s traditional values. It triggers a mental breakdown in his best friend, a police officer, whose wife grapples with the burden of her vows in the face of her husband’s disturbing behavior. Bitter and lonely, Gentry’s mother struggles to place blame surrounding the death of her oldest son, while her younger son retreats into a strange and devastating isolation. And, on the outskirts of town, an eight-year old girl and her older sister cope with an unspeakable secret. All the while, the patriarchs of the community sit together gossiping at the local diner, trusting the Lord to heal the afflictions that haunt their beloved town. A novel in stories, Lord the One You Love is Sick is a gorgeously written and heartrending work of fiction from an important new voice in the literature of the American South.
KASEY THORNTON writes literary fiction about the culture of the American South with a focus on religion, family, mental illness, abuse, and grief. She earned her BA in English from Elon University in North Carolina, and attended both the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and North Carolina State University for her MFA in Fiction. During this time, she had the opportunity to study with Wilton Barnhardt, Nina de Gramont, John Kessel, Cassie Kircher, Rebecca Lee, Jill McCorkle, Drew Perry, and others. Thornton lives with fellow author Kevin Kauffmann in Durham County, NC, where members of her family have resided for over two hundred years. Her work has been featured in the Masters Review, Colonnades Literary & Art Journal, and Apeiron Review.
DREW PERRY lives in North Carolina with his wife and two boys, ages 6 and 4. He teaches writing at Elon University. His first novel, This Is Just Exactly Like You (2010), was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan prize from the Center for Fiction, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and a SIBA Okra pick. His second, Kids These Days, was an Amazon Best-of-the-Month pick.