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by Evan Williams

IS REPAYING A DEBT of gratitude worth the cost of sanity? Ben Bramley must answer that question when a fall day phone call beckons him back to the farm of his youth, to the land that scarred him to the bone. If he rescinds his resolution of lifetime avoidance, he will be returning to the postcard mountain hamlet of Abundance where townsfolk are long on judgment but short on sympathy. Clueless that their black-or-white world of Southern Baptist status quo is in jeopardy should Ben decide to unload his repository of dark secrets and completely unravel the pious fabric of the close-knit community, which includes the handful of those who care for him most. Complex relationships fuel a story in which hypocrisy is an art form, change is impossible, and to love someone is to give them the power to destroy.

A wise, ardent debut novel about the burden of one man’s past and his search for absolution. Williams knows what Faulkner knew: that literature’s one true subject is the human heart in conflict with itself.

—Jonathan Dee, 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for The Privileges

There’s a dark secret hidden in the apple orchards of Abundance, North Carolina…. Williams’ fierce, Wolfian first novel reminds us that to complete the journey, we not only can go home again, we must.

—David Payne, author of Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story

This narrative is nothing short of a startling once-in-a-millennia meteor shower…. Williams seems always to capture little parts of who we are, of who we know we are but only recognize when he points them out. Both scenic and sonic, RIPPLES joins the gorgeous literary canon that the Carolina Appalachians have bestowed on America.

—F. Rutledge Hammes, 2019 South Carolina Arts Commission Prose Fellow, and author of A Curious Matter of Men with Wings

About the Author

Evan Williams entered his first writing competition in sixth grade, a county-wide agricultural conservation essay contest, and won second place along with a nifty plaque. RIPPLES draws heavily on his family’s multi-generational apple-growing business. Surrounded by orchards, Evan writes from within a former apple storage shed—the same shed where he would steal away as a boy to enjoy quality reading time.

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