9th Ave: Mesha Maren and M. Randal O'Wain

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.

Meander Belt: Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working-Class South (American Lives ) Cover Image Sugar Run: A Novel Cover Image

M. Randal O'Wain and Mesha Maren discuss their new works, Meander Belt: Family, Loss and Coming of Age in the Working Class South and Sugar Run.

About Meander Belt

In Meander Belt M. Randal O’Wain offers a reflection on how a working-class boy from Memphis, Tennessee, came to fall in love with language, reading, writing, and the larger world outside of the American South. This memoir examines what it means for the son of a carpenter to value mental rather than physical labor and what this does to his relationship with his family, whose livelihood and sensibility are decidedly blue collar. Straining the father-son bond further, O’Wain leaves home to find a life outside Memphis, roaming from place to place, finding odd jobs, and touring with his band. From memory and observation, O’Wain assembles a subtle and spare portrait of his roots, family, and ultimately discovers that his working-class upbringing is not so antithetical to the man he has become.

About Sugar Run

“A heady admixture of explosive plot and taut, burnished prose . . . Mesha Maren writes like a force of nature.” —Lauren Groff, author of Florida

In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison. When she’s released eighteen years later, she finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom but determined to chart a better course for herself. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian Mountains, she heads south in search of someone she left behind, as a way of finally making amends. There, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother living in a motel room with her children. Together they head toward what they hope will be a fresh start. But what do you do with your past—and with a town and a family that refuses to forget, or to change?

Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a break for another life, the use and treachery of makeshift families, and how, no matter the distance we think we’ve traveled from the mistakes we’ve made, too often we find ourselves standing in precisely the place we began.

 

Meander Belt: Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working-Class South (American Lives ) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781496213310
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: University of Nebraska Press - October 1st, 2019

In Meander Belt M. Randal O’Wain offers a reflection on how a working-class boy from Memphis, Tennessee, came to fall in love with language, reading, writing, and the larger world outside of the American South.


Sugar Run: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616209810
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Algonquin Books - October 8th, 2019

“A heady admixture of explosive plot and taut, burnished prose . . . Mesha Maren writes like a force of nature.” —Lauren Groff, author of Florida

In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison.


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