Set in Depression-era Virginia, this is the story of orphaned Amelia and her struggle to keep her siblings together.
Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable author and has been nominated for both the Edgar and Dagger Awards for his adult historical thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. He teaches creative writing at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. louisbayard.com
This is a darn good yarn with plenty of room for rooting and more than a few laughs. --Booklist, starred review on Lucky Strikes The story hurtles to a surprising, honest conclusion--the you addressed in the first line is a tender surprise. A grand adventure. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Lucky Strikes [Features] a heroine as pragmatic and resourceful as Mary Call from Where the Lilies Bloom . . . Melia's uncompromising integrity wins the trust and affection of community members while earning her a steady stream of customers, too. --Publishers Weekly, starred review on Lucky Strikes Lucky Strikes is a near-perfect novel, rich in voice and emotion. Much like Melia herself, it is brash with bravado, barely concealing an inviting layer of warmth at its core. --The New York Times Book Review on Lucky Strikes Shockingly clever and devoutly unsentimental . . . reads like a lost classic. Bayard reinvigorates historical fiction." --The New York Times Book Review on The Pale Blue Eye "Brilliantly plotted and completely absorbing, ending with the kind of shock that few novelists are able to deliver." --Sunday Times (London) on The Pale Blue Eye A dazzling blend of literary fiction and white-knuckle thriller." --People on Mr. Timothy