Kelli Jo Ford and her book are already beloved by Fountain so we are delighted to celebrate the release of Crooked Hallelujah in paperback! She will be interviewed by another Fountain Fave, Brian Castleberry!
About the Book:
CROOKED HALLELUJAH tells the stories of Justine—a mixed-blood Cherokee woman—and her daughter, Reney, as they move from Eastern Oklahoma’s Indian Country in the hopes of starting a new, more stable life in Texas amid the oil bust of the 1980s. However, life in Texas isn’t easy, and Reney feels unmoored from her family in Indian Country. Against the vivid backdrop of the Red River, we see their struggle to survive in a world—of unreliable men and near-Biblical natural forces, like wildfires and tornados—intent on stripping away their connections to one another and their very ideas of home.
Kelli Jo Ford is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize, the Everett Southwest Literary Award, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Award at Bread Loaf, a National Artist Fellowship by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and a Dobie Paisano Fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, and the anthology Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, among other outlets.
Brian Castleberry's work has appeared in Narrative, Southern Review, Meridian, Day One, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. He currently teaches creative writing and literature at the College of William & Mary, where he directs the Hayes Writers Series.Hub, and elsewhere. He currently teaches creative writing and literature at the College of William & Mary, where he directs the Hayes Writers Series.