I have had a blessed and exciting week for my third novel Solemn. My interview for the novel ran in my hometown newspaper, so please read the story “10 questions with a local author who made it big.” (sidenote-my first job was as a Kankakee Daily Journal paper girl, door-to-door or porch-to-porch with my newspaper sack and little customer collection bag; I have remained always amazed when I see my name or face in it now as an adult).
And I could not be more overjoyed that Jonathan Odell, the Mississippi-born author of the novels The Healing and Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League, read Solemn to extend his beautiful words to me, calling me a writer of “great imagination and boundless empathy” and Solemn “a haunting story that keeps pages turning until the end.” I have a lot of thanks for my beloved hometown paper and Mr. Odell for their faith in me and my work.
Today, the book is available to request on NetGalley for the convenience of magazines, bloggers and author enthusiasts who would like an advance read for review, listing or mention. Please read the book’s press and promo release online or download it here: Solemn Release. For those unfamiliar with the book or new to following me, review this intro from the first page of my website. I hope you are able to read and enjoy Solemn!
SOLEMN, May 2016 from St. Martin’s Press. #SolemnBook
photo by Bruno Passigatti
a new novel from the award-winning author of Upstate & Conception
From the writer whose debut novel Upstate was celebrated as “wild and beautiful” (Sapphire), “heartbreaking and true” (Dorothy Allison), and “a poetry uniquely its own” (Elle), and awarded by Terry McMillan as “capturing real emotion,” comes a powerful new story of unseen black youth: Solemn Redvine, a girl whose life winds in unexpected directions as she lives with simple people but complicated circumstances in a Mississippi mobile home community.
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“Kalisha Buckhanon is a writer of great imagination and boundless empathy. The writing style is poetic and the use of Mississippi dialogue, both black and white, is masterful. Solemn is a haunting story that keeps pages turning until the end.”- Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing
“This work earns a place alongside James Hannaham’s Delicious Foods as top-notch literary fiction sending a message about African American struggles in the 21st century.” –Library Journal
“A hypnotic tale…a young girl’s troubled thoughts make for a heartbreaking story of broken promises.” –Kirkus Reviews