Suzanne Hudson wrote In a Temple of Trees and In the Dark of the Moon. Her short fiction has appeared in Stories from the Blue Moon Café; The Alumni Grill; Climbing Mt. Cheaha; A Kudzu Christmas: Twelve Mysterious Tales; A State of Laughter; Christmas Stories from the South’s Best Writers; Delta Blues and The Shoe Burnin’ Stories of Southern Soul. Her short story collection, Opposable Thumbs, was a finalist for a John Gardner Fiction Book Award.
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 2
A Conspiracy of Novels: Family Secrets and Paranoid Political Theories
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
In the Dark of the Moon
In 1955, Emmitt Till is murdered in Mississippi, an event that drives Elizabeth Lacey—the unwitting architect of another cruel lynching—to madness. Consumed by guilt, Elizabeth takes her own life, leaving her four-year-old daughter in the care of her extended family. Seven years later, the precocious Kansas Lacey is intensely curious about a world she devours through National Geographic magazines and endless questions to the adults around her. When her curiosity extends to the circumstances of her mother’s suicide, the dark history of repression, addiction, and violence surrounding the prominent and respected Lacey family finally emerges.
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