Kim Church is a Raleigh writer and attorney whose debut novel “Byrd” won the Crooks Corner Book Prize.
Recommended read: “Over the Plain Houses” by Julia Franks, a novel set in the mountains of North Carolina in the late 1930s. This is a spellbinding, beautifully crafted story about a rupturing marriage in a time of social upheaval. It’s also a timely cautionary tale about the dangers of a mind hardened by religious zealotry.
What is your favorite book that nobody’s heard of? “The Call” by Yannick Murphy. People have heard of it, but not enough people. The narrator is a large-animal veterinarian whose son gets injured in a hunting accident. As he searches for the person responsible, he has encounters with UFOs. I’ve never read a more moving story of family, animals, community, grief, forgiveness, and spaceships.
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Who or what taught you to love to read? My earliest memories are of being read to by my mother – and “reading” my memorized books back to her.
Where do you go for reading recommendations? Booksellers, librarians, friends, my husband and sister (two of the most voracious readers I know), the N&O Book Page, the New York Times Sunday Book Review, and Dannye Powell’s blog, “Reading Matters.”
Over the Plain Houses
Hub City Press, 280 pages