Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown’s terrific Gods of Howl Mountain is Southern literary fiction full of action, brooding power and grace. Brown has been compared to Cormac McCarthy, Annie Proulx, and Charles Frazier.

Rory is a young disabled Korean War veteran, who works for a mountain bootlegger transporting liquor illegally to bars and flop houses. He lives with his folk healer grandmother, Granny May, the book’s most compelling character. Now that he’s returned from the war, he wants to know why his mother has always been in a mental institution in Raleigh and who his father is. Watch the careful deliberate unspooling of the truth as it upends Howl Mountain and its inhabitants. There are allusions aplenty to lots of prominent Southern fiction, but I didn’t need to know it to savor this powerful American story.

Recommended for book clubs, and anyone who wants to catch a  literary master before he rockets to broader fame.


Author Event: Kristy Woodson Harvey

May 8, 2017

authorKristy Woodson Harvey has been called “the next major voice in Southern fiction” by NY Times bestselling author Erin Hilderbrand, and on Tuesday, May 9 you can find out why when Harvey visits EPL to share her novel Slightly South of Simple. The first book in her new Peachtree Bluff Series, Slightly South of Simple explores the powerful bonds between sisters, mothers, and daughters while offering a heaping helping of “Southern charm, emotional drama, and heart.” Make sure to register to guarantee your seat at this special author event, and in the meantime, don’t miss this video in which Harvey talks about her strong new character Ansley Murphy and Ansley’s daughters Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson. See you Tuesday!

This event is part of the 2017 Evanston Literary Festival.