Literary Page Turners with Tiffany Quay Tyson and Cynthia Swanson

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Literary Page Turners

Mysteriously missing persons are almost standard issue in suspenseful novels. But what turns a "whodunnit" into a literary, character-driven story that readers can't put down -- in other words, a "WHYdunnit"? The difference is a distinctive setting and unforgettable characters whose experiences shape their choices. Tiffany Quay Tyson and Cynthia Swanson will discuss the atmospheric, historically-accurate worlds and extraordinary characters that make up their literary, page turning novels. 



About the authors and their latest books:

Cynthia Swanson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Bookseller, which is soon to be a motion picture starring Julia Roberts. An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller is being translated into more than a dozen languages. Cynthia's second novel, The Glass Forest, was released from Touchstone / Simon & Schuster in February 2018. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.  

About The Glass Forest:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths.

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever. When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side.

Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

Through Silja’s flashbacks, Angie’s discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby’s strategic dissection of her parents’ state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.

Tiffany Quay Tyson’s debut novel Three Rivers was a finalist for both the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction. Her second novel, The Past is Never, was chosen as an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. She was born and raised in Mississippi, where most of her fiction is set. She now lives in Denver where she serves on the faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and the Lighthouse Young Writers Program. 

About The Past is Never:

A compelling addition to contemporary Southern Gothic fiction, deftly weaving together local legends, magical realism, and the search for a missing child.

Siblings Bert, Willet, and Pansy know better than to go swimming at the old rock quarry. According to their father, it's the Devil's place, a place that's been cursed and forgotten. But Mississippi Delta summer days are scorching hot and they can't resist cooling off in the dark, bottomless water. Until the day six-year-old Pansy vanishes. Not drowned, not lost . . . simply gone. When their father disappears as well, Bert and Willet leave their childhoods behind to try and hold their broken family together.
Years pass with no sign, no hope of ever finding Pansy alive, and as surely as their mother died of a broken heart, Bert and Willet can't move on. So when clues surface drawing them to the remote tip of Florida, they drop everything and drive south. Deep in the murky depths of the Florida Everglades they may find the answer to Pansy's mysterious disappearance . . . but truth, like the past, is sometimes better left where it lies.

Perfect for fans of Flannery O'Connor and Dorothy Allison, The Past Is Never is an atmospheric, haunting story of myths, legends, and the good and evil we carry in our hearts.

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Event date: 
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
The Past Is Never Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510726826
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - March 6th, 2018

The Glass Forest Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501172090
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Published: Touchstone Books - February 6th, 2018