Under the Mercy Trees on Audiobook
Heather Newton’s novel Under the Mercy Trees, winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, is now available on audiobook from Dreamscape Media. Download it today on Libro.fm, Audible or your favorite audiobook platform.
“A melancholy mood suffuses Newton’s nimble debut…. [An] eloquent, sorrowful novel…. Readers of both Pat Conroy, on one hand, and Carson McCullers, on the other, will relish Newton’s flawed characters and piquant portrayal of small town life.” –Booklist (starred review)
“Newton delivers across the board with these characters, who run the gamut from perky to depressive, desperate to schizophrenic.” –Publishers Weekly
“A novel that seamlessly, beautifully, twines past with present to show how we can never escape our histories or the deeds—good and bad—that create those histories. The powerful, swelling conclusion of this book raised gooseflesh on my arms and had me near tears. ” –Tom Franklin, New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
“Under the Mercy Trees is an amazing novel, driven by mystery, and weaving past and present stories into an intricate and mesmerizing design…. An extraordinary piece of work.” –Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life
Tags: asheville writers, literature, mystery, novel, short story, wnc writers
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