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4/5 - Karen Salyer McElmurray

 

Union Ave Books is thrilled to host Karen Salyer McElmurray, Sunday, April 5th at 2:00pm, for an afternoon to share her book, WANTING RADIANCE.

 


ABOUT WANTING RADIANCE


Miracelle Loving's world comes crashing in when her mother, Ruby, is murdered during a fortune-telling session gone wrong. Not that she had much of a stable world to lose in the first place; the free-spirited mother-daughter duo had never remained in one place for very long. Without the guidance of her mother, Miracelle grows up following the only path she knows, traveling from town to town, sometimes fortune-telling, picking up odd jobs to fill the time and the ever-present lostness she can't seem to run far enough from..

Uncertain of what she wants, and indeed, whether she wants anything or anyone at all, the now thirty-something-year-old finds herself working as a card reader in a Knoxville dive bar, selling fictions as futures, when she is confronted with her mother's ghost voice promising to reveal the truth about her shadowy past. Desperate for answers, Miracelle sets out on a magical road trip unlike any other, in search of her own story and a father she's never known.

Following snowy highways and backroads, Miracelle stumbles across a museum of oddities and a hole-in-the-road town called Radiant, ultimately wandering into the town of Smyte where she begins waitressing at the Black Cat Diner. Here, she befriends card-playing has-been Russell Wallen over a series of nighttime adventures, long drives, and after-dark visits to a Holy Roller church. This mythical journey uncovers family secrets and forgotten truths, transforming a familiar story of love and betrayal to reveal the binding power of magic and memory.


ABOUT KAREN MCELMURRAY


 Karen Salyer McElmurray won an AWP Award for creative nonfiction for her book Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother's Journey and the Orison Award for creative nonfiction for her essay "Blue Glass." She has had other essays recognized as "Notable Essays" in Best American Essays, while her essays "Speaking Freely" and "Attics" were nominated for Pushcart Awards. She currently teaches at Gettysburg College and at West Virginia Wesleyan's Low-Residency MFA.

Event Date: 
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 2:00pm
Address: 
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Books: 
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781949669145
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Published: South Limestone - April 6th, 2020