Greenville, SC, Author Kenneth P. Smith to Sign Debut Novel at Fiction Addiction
Greenville, South Carolina, author Kenneth P. Smith will be celebrating the launch of his debut novel, None But the Living (Middleton House, paperback, $14.99) on Saturday, April 1st, from 2-4pm at Fiction Addiction. Set against the backdrop of a recovering South still showing scars of Reconstruction, now stifled by the Great Depression, simmering but unspoken racial tensions, and unscrupulous mill owners, None But the Living explores the struggles and pathos of displaced people trying to maintain their identity and values in a world new and strange to them -- a world of subterfuge, of haves and have-nots, of conformity, of injustice.
This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Books may be purchased online, at the store, or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540.
Ezra Burke, like his tenant-farmer father before him, struggles to eke out a living from a rented plot of depleted, rocky soil in his beloved Blue Ridge Mountains. With crops destroyed by a freakish summer storm and hopelessly in debt, he is forced into the employ of the wicked and cunning landowner. When further tragedy strikes, Ezra, still a young, but now a desperate man, hears of work down in Corinth -- the cotton mills are hiring.
With his wife Judith -- half Cherokee and who alone bears the burden of a dark and terrible secret -- and two small children, Ezra leaves the mountains for a new life in Corinth where he has found work at the mammoth Galway Mill. An honest and independent man, he is ill-prepared for the intrigues, politics, and greed of mill life in the industrial city.
As the dream of someday returning to the mountains slowly, but inevitably fades, the hardships and injustices imposed on the workers by the wealthy mill owners become untenable. When union organizers from the North arrive in Corinth, the situation intensifies and finally reaches a boiling point. Threatened, manipulated, and ostracized, Ezra is faced with a choice -- one that could cost him everything.
About the illustrator:
Kenneth P. Smith has published poetry in regional quarterlies, but None But the Living is his first novel. He has degrees from Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and he has worked as a ditch digger, a roofer, a special education teacher, textile worker, a pizza chef, and a corporate executive. He is a licensed psychotherapist, and currently divides his time between his private practice and writing. He and his wife, Mary, live in Greenville, South Carolina.
If you cannot make the event, you can reserve a personalized copy of the illustrator's book by contacting Fiction Addiction in advance at 864-675-0540 or at email@example.com.
ABOUT FICTION ADDICTION
Fiction Addiction is a local, woman-owned, independent bookstore established in 2001. The store carries a mixture of new and used fiction and nonfiction, including children's books, as well as gift items. We are located at 1175 Woods Crossing Road (in the shopping center with Fried Green Tomatoes, Jimmy John's, and Boardwalk). For more information, visit our website at http://www.fiction-addiction.com or call us at 864-675-0540.
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