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Author Appearance: Meet novelist Mark Powell

Mark Powell is the author of four novels, most recently The Sheltering, published by USC and Pat Conroy's Story River Press. It tells the story of Luther Redding, who nearly lost everything he holds dear when the real estate bubble burst in Florida. He now pilots a godlike drone searching the mountains of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Bobby Rosen returns home from a disastrous tour in Iraq to an empty home and a son who will barely speak to him. As the lives of these two families intersect, questions of faith and redemption clash with the rough-hewn realities of terror and loss, all to explosive ends in this dark version of modern Americana. For fans of Ben Fountains Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and the recent National Book Award-winning Redeployment, Ron Rash calls Powell "one of the best American novelists of his generation." As a matter of course, we agree.