Southern fiction is a huge favorite at Fountain. We can't wait for these two strong voices talk about Karen's gorgeous debut novel!
Karen Tucker was born and raised in North Carolina. Her fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Yale Review Online, Tin House, Boulevard, Epoch, and elsewhere. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her partner and multiple cats.
Erika Carter is the author of Lucky You, which was an NPR Best Book of 2017, Book of the Month Club selection, and featured in Elle, Marie-Claire, Southern Living, and O Magazine, among others. Her short fiction has appeared in the Colorado Review, South Carolina Review, New Ohio Review, New Delta Review, Deep South Magazine, Meridian, and CutBank, among other literary journals. She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arkansas, and lives in Richmond, VA. Find more at erikacarter.net.
About the book:
Irene, a lonely nineteen-year-old in rural North Carolina, works long nights at the local pool hall, serving pitchers and dodging drunks. One evening, her hilarious, magnetic coworker Luce invites her on a joy ride through the mountains to take revenge on a particularly creepy customer. Their adventure not only spells the beginning of a dazzling friendship, it seduces both girls into the mysterious world of pills and the endless hustles needed to fund the next high.
Told in a riveting dialogue between the girls' addicted past and their hopes for a better future, Bewilderness is not just a brilliant, funny, heartbreaking novel about opioid abuse, it's also a moving look at how intense, intimate friendships can shape every young woman's life.