Coming April 9!


by Evan Williams

In a small town swollen with secrets, a young boy puzzles his way through a minefield of societal expectations and Southern Baptist status quo. Ben Bramley has been granted an idyllic upbringing in a scenic mountain hamlet. With one set of grandparents living next door and the other a mile away, both family lines are involved in the area’s widespread apple-growing heritage. But within this close-knit community, privacy is an illusion. When the promises of his faith fail him, Ben struggles alone with an unrecognizable life and becomes the unwitting repository of weighty secrets. Complex relationships fuel a story in which hypocrisy is an art form, change is impossible, and love is destructive.

A wise, ardent debut novel about the burden of one man’s past and his search for absolution.

—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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