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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Paperback coming, hardcover going--



The hardcover run of A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage is almost out of print, and soon the paperback will spring into the world. If you want a hardcover, time's ticking toward the midnight hour.
Books and Culture Magazine's Favorite Books of 2012
Critic D. G. Myer's Best Books of 2012 
excerpt, ABOUT.COM CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE It is seldom that a novel from a small university press can compete with the offerings from the big houses in New York. A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage may be the best novel this reviewer has read this year. Its quality and story-telling remind one of The Adventures of Roderick Random, Great Expectations and The Grapes of Wrath among others. The winner of the 2012 "Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction," A Death has the potential to become a classic American picaresque novel. / One wishes, however, that this novel will not get shunted into the regional box and be seen only as a Southern novel. Its themes and the power of its language, the forceful flow of its storyline and its characters have earned the right to a broad national audience. 30 July 2012 John M. Formy-Duval  
 For more review clips, go here. To read a chapter, go here.

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