Author Bren McClain, "One Good Mama Bone"

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"Bren McClain writes of elemental things with grace, wisdom, and power. One Good Mama Bone speaks with a quiet authority that comes through on every page."—Ben Fountain

Come meet author Bren McClain as she discoves her book, "One Good Mama Bone."

“McClain’s first novel resists predictability and instead weaves together questions about poverty, class, violence, and religion. . . . A thought-provoking story about families and the animals who sustain them.”―Kirkus Reviews

“First-time novelist McClain draws on her family’s history in the rural South to create a cast of deeply relatable characters, both human and animal, who readers will find themselves rooting for until the very last page.”―Booklist (starred review)

"Emotional bonds between humans and animals have long been written about, but never has the bond between a woman and a mother cow been placed front and center. It’s about time. The world is ready for this true portrait of a mother cow’s compassion and the lessons she has to teach us all. This is an important story whose time has come."― Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary

"Bren McClain’s brilliant and ravishingly moving novel speaks eloquently for all of us who find our deepest humanity intimately connected with all the sentient creatures around us. Humane and universal, One Good Mama Bone is an instant classic.”―Robert Olen Butler, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning short-story collection, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

“One Good Mama Bone is everything that Bren [McClain] is―smart, confident, unflinchingly honest, witty, wise, and possessing a reassuring wisdom and kindness that carries the reader from the story’s heartbreaking beginnings to a morally and emotionally satisfying conclusion. McClain’s debut novel is a tour de force! . . . This is a novel that just might break your heart, and it might well heal it too, but with both acts Bren McClain will remind you of why each of us is entrusted with a heart in the first place.”―Mary Alice Monroe, from the foreword

"Bren McClain writes of elemental things with grace, wisdom, and power. One Good Mama Bone speaks with a quiet authority that comes through on every page."―Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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Monday, March 20, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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158 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587
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By Bren McClain, Mary Alice Monroe (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781611177466
Availability: Out of Print
Published: University of South Carolina Press - February 14th, 2017