All McCorkle, All Month
Certain writers have helped define Algonquin Books. Jill McCorkle is one of those writers. Her writing’s combination of wit and weight has shaped Algonquin since the publication of her first two books on the same day in 1984. Now, with the upcoming release of her greatly anticipated new novel, Life After Life, we celebrate McCorkle’s unforgettable voice by featuring seven of her e-books for just $1.99 from October 1 through October 31. Each includes a free preview chapter of Life After Life, too!
Fulton, North Carolina, gets pretty quiet during the off-season, but its peaceful surface is about to crack wide open. In the course of this richly detailed novel—which includes six parallel love stories and an unsolved murder mystery—every kind of human problem finds its way to Quee Purdy’s doorstep, from the fears of teenagers in trouble to the fallout from adulterous fusions.
Here is a story for mothers and daughters to share and cherish: It is the early 1970s when Misty Rhodes and her flamboyant parents enter Katie Burns’s world. Misty and her mother are everything Katie wants to be: daring, outrageous, fun. The two girls share every secret and dream, until one fateful Fourth of July.
From the self-styled funeral planner who is too successful to the pregnant narrator who is visiting with a very old neighbor, McCorkle’s characters sparkle as she tames the outrageous, humanizes the forbidden, and grounds the hilarious in this collection of stories.
Whether they are wearing honeymoon shoes, mud-covered hunting boots, or glass slippers, the women in these short stories march to a place of new awareness. They make mistakes, but they don’t waste time hiding behind them. They move on. They are strong. And they’re funny, even when they are sad.
Just after midnight, Charles Husky, late-night clerk at the Quik Pik just off the Interstate, was found lying face-down by the Slurpee machine, suffocated with Saran Wrap. This unsolved murder and the ensuing events of the twenty-four hours following it propel us into the life of Marshboro, North Carolina, in a dark but delightful novel of rich comedy and meaningful action.
This is the story of Virginia Turner Ballard, know to her relatives as Ginny Sue. It’s also the story of her mother, her grandmother, her great aunts, and her closest cousin—three generations of women who gather around Virginia to aid her at the end of a hard pregnancy, to tend to her, to help her prepare for the fourth generation.
McCorkle takes us back to her longtime fictional hometown of Fulton for stories peopled with flawed but endearing characters and “animaled” with all manner of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles, also flawed but endearing. These stories ask, What don’t humans share with these so-called lesser species?