Chris Harding Thornton with Daphne Durham

Nebraska writer Chris Harding Thornton, author of a "rural noir" novel, Pickard County Atlas, in conversation with Daphne Durham, Executive Editor at MCD Books. Unfolding over six tense days, Pickard County Atlas (MCD Books) sets sheriff's deputy Harley Jensen and the Reddick family on a collision course--propelling them toward an incendiary moment that will either redeem or end them.

"Engrossing, darkly funny, and real, Chris Harding Thornton's debut rings with authenticity and a nuanced sense of place even as it hums with menace, introducing an astonishing new voice in suspense."

"A remarkable achievement. Chris Harding Thornton reveals the soul of a region and a people haunted by the past and with only desperate hopes for the future. On every page is a detail so authentic, or an image so vivid that readers will want to pause in appreciation. An amazing debut from an author who knows her little postage stamp of Nebraska soil as well as Faulkner knew Yoknapatawpha county." --Larry Watson, author of As Good As Gone.  

Chris Harding Thornton, a seventh-generation Nebraskan, holds an MFA from the University of Washington and a PhD from the University of Nebraska, where she currently teaches.


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ISBN: 9780374231255
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD - January 5th, 2021

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 6:00pm
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