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From John Dufresne, whose latest novel (a sequel to No Regrets, Coyote) is I Don’t Like Where This Is Going:

True Stories at the Smoky View is a riveting literary mystery you won’t soon forget. Jill McCroskey Coupe handles this complex tale of troubled romance, broken families, redeeming friendship, and inexplicable evil with intelligence, grace, and grit. This exhilarating debut novel brims with honesty, charm, heart, and good humor.

From Jane Brox, whose latest book is Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light:

Intrigue abounds in True Stories at the Smoky View . . . but Jill McCroskey Coupe’s wonderful first novel is above all testament to Eudora Welty’s observation that “all serious daring starts from within.” With an abundance of wit and accuracy of feeling, Coupe beautifully charts both the complexities of loyalty and the internal growth of her central character, and she does so in clear, precise prose.

From Teddy Jones, author of Jackson’s Pond, Texas and Well Tended:

Skillfully written, with a librarian’s careful attention to detail and a liberal sprinkling of humor, True Stories at the Smoky View combines mystery and suspense with a woman’s journey toward fulfillment in middle age. This well-wrought tale secures a place for Jill Coupe among the ranks of librarians who have created excellent fiction.

From Maureen Beck, former Director of Library Services, Stevenson University:

Jill Coupe has created a compelling narrative about a smart and feisty librarian named Vraiment, whose colleague, Skip, may or may not have been the victim of foul play. . . This is a thoroughly absorbing book that I found difficult to put down. The personalities Coupe conjured stayed with me long after I finished reading. The writing is beautiful: spare and funny. A most enjoyable read.



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