Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 7:00 PM
Atlanta History Center on Zoom
Linwood Barclay meets Michael Farris Smith in the latest Southern-set domestic thriller about family, vengeance, and atonement from critically acclaimed mystery novelist Christopher Swann.
The Atlanta History Center welcomes the author for a virtual discussion of his new book, “Never Turn Back” with New York Times bestselling “Never Have I Ever” novelist Joshilyn Jackson. This event is free and open to the public. Join the event via the link below.
A Cappella Books will have copies of “Never Turn Back” available after the event. Pre-order via the link below. At checkout, choose between the local delivery, curbside pick-up, or shipping options. For zip codes not listed in the above banner, select curbside pick-up or USPS shipping.
About the Book
Ethan Faulkner is a precocious child with a brilliant but troublesome sister, a war vet for a father, and a weary mother trying to manage their family. One night a young woman rings their doorbell, desperate to hide from two men who are pursuing her, when one of the two barges in after her. The struggle leaves both of Ethan's parents dead.
Years later, Ethan has a successful teaching career and a budding relationship with a coworker. But he hasn't quite followed through on his promise to his dying father--to take care of his sister. Susannah is not an easy person to keep tabs on, is a handful even when the tabs are kept, and quite frankly, Ethan wants her to suffer for preventing him from getting to his dad before he died all those years ago.
It was a long time ago and Ethan tries to put all of it behind him. But that's easier said than done. When news of a brutal murder breaks with evidence pointing to Ethan as the prime suspect, all the painful memories of his past come rushing to meet him. Lyrically conveyed with emotion and nuance, "Never Turn Back" is a powerful story about family, vengeance, and how some actions echo through the years with irreparable consequences.
About the Author
Christopher Swann is a novelist and teacher in Atlanta. He earned his Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. In 2018, Chris was a Townsend Prize finalist, a finalist for a Georgia Author of the Year award, and longlisted for the Southern Book Prize with his debut novel, “Shadow of the Lions.” He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.