Friday, February 16, 2018

#ReadSoulLit Day 16: Anticipated New Release

I have a list of upcoming releases that I am looking forward to getting my hands on, but one of the books that I am most looking forward to is Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith and I don't have much longer to wait. It's due to be released March 6th and that's just around the corner. This will be my first read of a Cross-Smith story and I'm looking forward to it. I enjoy good contemporary fiction and one that revolves around the challenges of a young African American family will definitely get my attention. 


What it's about:

Set in contemporary Louisville, Leesa Cross-Smith’s mesmerizing first novel surrounding the death of a police officer is a requiem for marriage, friendship and family, from an author Roxane Gay has called “a consummate storyteller.”

Evi—a classically-trained ballerina—was nine months pregnant when her husband Eamon was killed in the line of duty on a steamy morning in July. Now, it is winter, and Eamon's adopted brother Dalton has moved in to help her raise six-month-old Noah.

Whiskey & Ribbons is told in three intertwining, melodic voices: Evi in present day, as she’s snowed in with Dalton during a freak blizzard; Eamon before his murder, as he prepares for impending fatherhood and grapples with the danger of his profession; and Dalton, as he struggles to make sense of his life next to Eamon’s, and as he decides to track down the biological father he’s never known.

In the vein of Jojo Moyes’ After You, Whiskey & Ribbons explores the life that continues beyond loss, with a complicated brotherly dynamic reminiscent of Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys. It’s a meditation on grief, hope, motherhood, brotherhood and surrogate fatherhood. Above all, it’s a novel about what it means—and whether it’s possible—to heal.

About the Author

(Bio. & photo via Goodreads)

Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and writer from Kentucky. She is the author of Every Kiss a War (Mojave River Press, 2014) and the forthcoming Whiskey & Ribbons (Hub City Press, 2018). Every Kiss a War was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012). Her short story “Whiskey & Ribbons” won Editor’s Choice in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (2011) and was listed as a notable story for storySouth’s Million Writers Award. Her work has appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2015 and lots of literary magazines. She and her husband Loran run a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper. Find more @ and

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