Author Event: Robert Gwaltney in conversation with Donna Everhart


Page 158 Books is thrilled to welcome Robert Gwaltney in conversation with Donna Everhart, to discuss Gwaltney's book The Cicada Tree, out now. 

It’s the summer of 1956, and a brood of cicadas descends upon Providence, Georgia. It’s a natural event with supernatural repercussions, and unhinges the life of Analeise Newell, an eleven-year-old piano prodigy. Amidst this emergence, dark obsessions are stirred, uncanny gifts provoked, and secrets unearthed.  

During a visit to Mistletoe, a plantation owned by the wealthy Mayfield family, Analeise encounters Cordelia Mayfield and her daughter Marlissa, both of whom possess an otherworldly beauty. A whisper and an act of violence perpetrated during this visit by Mrs. Mayfield all converge to kindle Analeise’s fascination with the Mayfields.

Analeise’s burgeoning obsession with the Mayfield family overshadows her own seemingly ordinary life, culminating in dangerous games and manipulation, and setting off a chain of cataclysmic events with life-altering consequences—all unfolding to the maddening whir of a cicada song. 

A graduate of Florida State University, Robert Gwaltney resides in Atlanta, Georgia. By day, he serves as Vice President of Easter Seals North Georgia, Inc., a non-profit organization strengthening children and their families at the most critical times in their development. Through his non-profit work, Gwaltney is a champion for early childhood literacy. In all the hours between, he writes.

Donna Everhart is the USA Today bestselling author of Southern fiction, including the Indie Next List selection The Education of Dixie Dupree, The Forgiving Kind, The Moonshiner's Daughter, and the Southeastern Library Association Award-winning novel The Road to Bittersweet. Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, she now lives just an hour away along with her husband and a tiny, heart-stealing Yorkshire terrier named Mister. Her 

Her latest novel, The Saints of Swallow Hill is out now. 

In the dense pine forests of North Carolina, turpentiners labor, hacking into tree trunks to draw out the sticky sap that gives the Tar Heel State its nickname, and hauling the resin to stills to be refined. Among them is Rae Lynn Cobb and her husband, Warren, who run a small turpentine farm together. Though the work is hard and often dangerous, Rae Lynn, who spent her childhood in an orphanage, is thankful for it--and for her kind if careless husband. When Warren falls victim to his own negligence, Rae Lynn undertakes a desperate act of mercy. To keep herself from jail, she disguises herself as a man named Ray and heads to the only place she can think of that might offer anonymity--a turpentine camp in Georgia named Swallow Hill.

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Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 1:00pm
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415 S Brooks Street
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Wake Forest, NC 27587
The Cicada Tree By Robert Gwaltney Cover Image
ISBN: 9781952439247
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Published: Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC - January 14th, 2022

The Saints of Swallow Hill: A Fascinating Depression Era Historical Novel By Donna Everhart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496733320
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Published: Kensington - January 25th, 2022