Read This: Fallen Land

January 12, 2016 | By | Comments (0)

Brown, Taylor_FALLEN LAND jacket art

Friends, it’s time to rejoice in the preservation of one of the South’s greatest worldly contributions – literature. Fallen Land, the debut novel, released today, by Georgia native Taylor Brown reminds us that the written word is both alive and well here in the American South.

As the Civil War comes to a close, and Sherman solidifies his March to the Sea, Brown’s characters Callum and Ava, along with their trusty horse companion Reiver, trudge their way through a horrifying and barren landscape – surviving the perils of a land ruined by war, marauders, and exhaustion.

Brown’s exacting pace and ability to literally flood the page with imagery – from the tragic to the mundane – places the reader directly into this horrific, yet strangely beautiful post-war razed scene. At times I could feel myself feeling physically cold – smelling the muck of mud, smoke, and manure – yet still pressing on in search of hope, championing the safe haven that Callum and Ava so badly seek in a world seemed lost.

Fallen Land is not immediately satisfying – I say that with the highest of praise. It is meant to be read, glass of bourbon in-hand, pondered, and savored. I found myself still thinking about the characters and their narrow escapes hours after the book had been closed – secretly carving out times of respite to once again find myself sucked back into the pages. Reading Fallen Land was an arduous pleasure of the best kind.

Brown, Taylor_CREDIT Harry Taylor

A native of the Georgia coast, Brown has always been fascinated by the land once destroyed by Sherman. While receiving a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia, Brown remarks, “Sherman’s March to the Sea has always been big in my imagination. Driving between Athens, where I went to college, and my hometown of St. Simons Island, I was driving the course of Sherman’s March. We are very much obsessed with end times and apocalypse these days – I’m no different – and here was a time in history that must have seemed very much like the end of a certain world to the people of Georgia, no matter their race or creed.”

Though Fallen Land is Brown’s official debut novel, he has won much critical praise in over twenty publications while also receiving the coveted Montana Prize in Fiction. His short story collection, In the Season of Blood and Gold, was published in 2014.

Brown will be signing books and discussing his work throughout the South over the next two months. Dates, locations, and times below:

*Official launch event and reading
Tuesday, January 12, 7:00pm
@Bourgie Nights book sales by Pomegranate Books
127 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Thursday, January 14, 6:00pm
A Cappella Books
@ Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
441 Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Friday, January 15, 6:30pm
Avid Bookshop
493 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601

Monday, January 18, 1pm
E Shaver Bookseller
326 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Wednesday, January 20, 5pm
Country Bookshop
140 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Thursday, January 21, 7:00pm
Flyleaf Books
752 MLK Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Saturday, January 23, 2:00pm
Barnes & Nobles
3102 Northline Ave., Greensboro, NC 27408

Sunday, January 24, 3:00pm
Bookmarks Moveable Feast- Biotech Place
575 N. Patterson Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Monday, January 25, 7:00pm
Malaprop’s Bookstore
55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801

Tuesday, January 26, 7:00pm
Hub City Bookshop
186 West Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29306

Wednesday, January 27, 7:00pm
M. Judson Books
130 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601

Thursday, January 28, 7:00pm
Park Road Books
4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209

Thursday, February 18, 7:00pm
Eagle Eye Bookshop
2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033


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