Author Event: Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne
Page 158 Books welcomes author Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne to discuss her new book HOLDING ON TO NOTHING.
In HOLDING ON TO NOTHING, Lucy Kilgore finally has a chance to escape her rural Tennessee upbringing, but one drunken mistake ties her to the small town and one of their most infamous residents, Jeptha Taylor. Jeptha is resigned to his family’s drunken, violent reputation, but after a night with Lucy, the love of his life, Jeptha might have a chance at redemption as the father of their child. Together, these two young people work to form a family, though neither has any idea how to accomplish that, and the odds are against them in a place rife with poverty, guns, and alcohol.
“Shelburne’s stunning debut novel is a long trip into small-town Tennessee…riveting, touching, heart-wrenching, tragic, and beautiful.”—Booklist
“Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne writes with extraordinary love and compassion of the lives of her flawed characters; she shines a clear, calm light on their tragedies, their joys, and their hard-won redemptions.”—Lauren Groff, Florida and Fates and Furies
“Contemporary themes of work and no work, drinking, sex, guns, music, community, and no future—along with in-depth character development and a hard-driving plot—make this a book you literally cannot put down.”
—Lee Smith, Dimestore and The Last Girls