Quinn Connor


Quinn Connor is one pen in two hands: Robyn Barrow and Alexandra Cronin. Robyn Barrow is an Arkansas-born PhD candidate in art history. Alexandra Cronin is a North Texas transplant living in Brooklyn, New York, with her monstrous cat, Prosper, working in Public Relations to fund her writing habit. Unless Barrow is trekking in Iceland or Cronin is chasing down rumors of homemade pasta in Park Slope, they write every day. It’s their preferred form of conversation.




11:00 am to Noon
House Committee Room 3
Emerging Women Authors from the South
with Monica Brashears, Quinn Connor, Terah Shelton Harris, E.M. Tran, and moderator Karen O'Connell

12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


Cicadas Sing of Summer Graves: A Novel

At turns haunting and breathtaking, Cicadas Sing of Summer Graves explores legacies of love, family, and the ghostly imprint grief leaves behind as three women face the past to bring light to an old Southern town lost deep beneath the surface.

Years ago, yellow fever gripped the small lakeside town of Prosper, Arkansas. At the height of that summer swelter, in the wake of an unexpected storm, the dam failed and the valley flooded―drowning the town and everyone trapped inside.

The secrets of old Prosper drowned with them.

Now, decades later, when a mysterious locked box is pulled from the depths of the lake, three descendants of that long-ago tragedy are hurled into another feverish summer. Cassie: the reclusive sole witness to an impossible horror no one believes. Lark: a wide-eyed dreamer haunted by bizarre visions. June: caught between longing for a fresh start and bearing witness to the ghosts of the past. Bound together, all three must contend with their home's complex history―and with the ruins of the town lost far beneath the troubled water.

"A liquid southern Gothic that laps against the land of the living until old secrets that can't be washed away are revealed. Seductive, haunting and beautiful." ― Willa Reece, author of Wildwood Magic


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