August 5, 2014
Judging by the number of yellow buses out on the road today, I'd say it's BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! My own two will be headed back to their respective schools next week, leaving me with an empty nest; empty yet clean, orderly, and quiet. I'll probably start missing the chaos about the time they return for Thanksgiving...
It's been a busy year with the release of THREE books---RETURN TO TRADD STREET (the 4th in the Tradd Street series) in January, A LONG TIME GONE in June, and the anthology (with 9 other authors) GRAND CENTRAL. I was out on the road meeting readers and signing books on book tour for the month of June and had a blast, but now my nose is back to the grindstone working on my next full-length novel (out next spring/summer) set the the South Carolina Lowcountry, as well as a co-authored novel THE FORGOTTEN ROOM with fellow authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. Check out our facebook page here to find out more.
In other good news, there's a chance that my Tradd Street series could make it onto the small screen in a TV series in the near future. As soon as I have more news, I'll post it here. I know the odds are great, but how cool would it be---can you imagine seeing Mellie, Jack, Nola, Sophie and the rest come to life in your living room each week? And if you have ideas for actors, actresses, locations for the TV series, please let me know so I can pin them on my Tradd Street Pinterest board. Check it out here. Or click the Pinterest link above to check out all of my boards---Melanie's nursery, Grand Central Terminal, and the Mississippi Delta. Enjoy!
And if you love the Tradd Street series---you're in luck! I've just agreed to write THREE more so be on the lookout for the first one some time in the Fall of 2016.
For those of you who've written to me about my first two novels which have been out of print for the last decade, I'm very happy to announce that updated editions of IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON and WHISPERS OF GOODBYE will both be published in the Fall of 2015. Stay tuned for the new cover reveals here and on my Facebook page.
The bulk of my traveling is done for the year, although I'll be making a few more appearances at a few book festivals---check it out here.
Until next time, happy reading!
June 3, 2014 at a bookstore near you or your favorite online bookseller.
About A LONG TIME GONE
New American Library/Penguin Publishing Group
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On Sale June 3, 2014
“We Walker women were born screaming into this world, the beginning of a lifelong quest to find what would quiet us. But whatever drove us away was never stronger than the pull of what brought us back....”
When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she’d left, that’s exactly what happens—Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.
What she hopes to find is solace with “Bootsie,” her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was.
But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself—by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted her them for generations.
"Karen White's A Long Time Gone leaves readers in that most pleasant teary-eyed state that only a very good book can induce."
—Southern Literary Review
GOLD Top Pick
"Her colorful narrative is melodious and haunting, and gives a Tennessee Williams-like aura to the awesomely depicted places and all of her impeccably played and fantastic characters. Brava!"
—RT Book Reviews
"Sunburn alert! This multi-generational family saga is a book you could get lost in, so read with care in the bright sunshine."
"A sweet Southern tale of the bond between mothers and daughters...emotionally satisfying..."
"White...crafts a story with something for almost everyone: betrayal, murder, history, family secrets, and a little romance. Readers will find it difficult to put this one down since each chapter leaves one craving more of the Walker women’s stories. Recommended.
"Karen White's new delta-drawn narrative is gothic gold."
“A Long Time Gone” is Karen White’s best novel to date..Use your vacation reading to escape and immerse in this world White has so deftly created. It’s so real that it’s hard to leave at the end."
"White...writes, plots and develops characters to levels above the usual summer-reading fare..."
"This southern saga of life in Mississippi [is] one of White's best, and that means it is very, very good."
—The Huffington Post
"Intense, riveting, and mysterious contemporary fiction -- finely told -- a best seller!"
—The Best Reviews
"...an absorbing drama. [This] is why White consistently prevails as a shining literary star."
One of "10 Best Beach Reads"
"...White’s lyrical prose recalls the melancholic harmony of the blues and the hypnotic southern drawl of novelists Olive Ann Burns and Kaye Gibbons...There’s no question that White has a gift for words. That, and a deftly constructed plot, make A Long Time Gone a recommended read."
"A good choice for readers who like the history and secrets of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (2013) or the intergenerational female stories of Sarah Addison Allen."
"[The characters'] collective views offer glimpses into old secrets and future hopes in White’s richly detailed narrative."
—The Washington Post