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In Conversation with Ed Tarkington

“If a book could have an Instagram filter, Tarkington’s would be set on something called Nostalgic.” - Bethanne Patrick

Only Love Can Break Your Heart,  Ed Tarkington’s debut novel is a coming-of-age mystery where 8-year-old Rocky Askew lives in thrall to his older brother, Paul. Written in a near perfect Southern Gothic style, Tarkington’s novel combines the darker side of small-town living with the struggles of a changing world. Throw in sex, cults, and multiple murders, and you get a hint of what Tarkington has to offer.

Ed Tarkington received a BA from Furman University, an MA from the University of Virginia, and a PhD from the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State. A frequent contributor to Chapter, his articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Nashville Scene, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Post Road, Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere. A native of Central Virginia, he lives in Nashville, TN.