Our friend David Joy put In The House Of Wilderness on his must-read list for this fall, which is pretty high praise, and the kind we like to listen to. So we’re really excited to be hosting a conversation between Charles Dodd White and local writer Sam Slaughter. 7pm.
In The House Of Wilderness tells the story of Rain, a young woman under the influence of a charismatic drifter named Wolf and his other “wife,” Winter. Through months of wandering homeless through the varied landscape of Appalachia, the trio grow into a kind of desperate family, driven by exploitation and abuse.
When Rain meets Stratton Bryant, a widower living alone in an old east Tennessee farmhouse, she’s given the chance to see a bigger world. But Wolf demands loyalty and obedience, leading to an episode of violence that leaves everyone involved permanently changed.
Charles Dodd White is a writer who lives in eastern Tennessee. He is a recipient of the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for excellence in Appalachian Literature, and an individual artist’s grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. He is author of three novels, one short story collection, and the editor of two anthologies of contemporary Appalachian literature.
Sam Slaughter is an editor and writer whose fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of places, including Midwestern Gothic, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Heavy Feather Review. His debut short story collection God in Neon was published in 2016 published by Lucky Bastard Press.