Appalachian Reads is a book discussion group sponsored by Blount County Public Library. Participants meet every two months on a Saturday morning at 10:30-11:30 in Dorothy Herron Room A. The first year of Appalachian Reads began July 15, 2017 and ran through May 19, 2018. The second year starts with its first session on July 21, 2018.
The library will have four print copies of all titles plus R.E.A.D.S. access. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Reference Librarian Brennan LeQuire at 865-982-0981, ext. 302.
|July 21||Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks||Doug Floyd|
Discuss Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks, facilitated by Doug Floyd on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in Dorothy Herron Room A.
This prize-winning novel was named as:
- an NPR Best Book of 2016,
- one of the The Atlanta Journal – Constitution’s Ten Best Southern Books of 2016,
- a winner of the 2016 Southern Book Prize. The author’s parents are residents of Blount County.
From the book description at Amazon:
Working in the stylistic terrain of Amy Greene and Bonnie Jo Campbell, this award-winning debut by Julia Franks is the story of a woman intrigued by the possibility of change, escape, and reproductive choice—stalked by a Bible-haunted man who fears his government and stakes his integrity upon an older way of life. As Brodis chases his demons, he brings about a final act of violence that shakes the entire valley. In this spellbinding Southern story, Franks bares the myths and mysteries that modernity can’t quite dispel.
Open to the public, Southern Appalachian Studies programs are sponsored and hosted by Blount County Public Library with the support of Blount County Friends of the Library.