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In the Season of Blood and Gold
by Taylor Brown
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, approx 175 pages
Early Praise for In the Season of Blood & Gold
"Almost all Taylor Brown’s stories are family dramas, stories of blood and kinship, betrayal, and conflicted loyalties. Set sometimes in the past, other times in the present or future, and told with verve in a fresh and memorable voice, these stories reward the reader with surprise, authenticity, and the mystery of human connection."
— Robert Morgan, author of The Road from Gap Creek
"With ferocious economy and a great big heart, Taylor Brown writes one of the best debuts I've ever picked up. These are stories, verses, meditations, and accusations—everything, in short, you could hope to get from important fiction. This work demands your attention."
— Charles Dodd White, author of Sinners of Sanction County
Taylor Brown was born on the Georgia coast. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Guard, The Baltimore Review, CutBank, The Coachella Review, storySouth, CrimeSpree Magazine, the Press 53 Open Awards Anthology, and many others. He received the Montana Prize in Fiction for his story “Rider,” and he was a finalist for the 2012 Machigonne Fiction Prize. His work has been recognized as one of the “Other Distinguished Mystery Stories” in Best American Mystery Stories, and his story “Kingdom Come” won second prize in the 2010 Press 53 Open Awards for Short Story. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, and his website is www.taylorbrownfiction.com.
Cover artist Jorunn Sjofn lives in Reykjavik, Iceland. She says about her work, “I have a great passion for photography and I love to capture many different things. Since I can remember, I have been interested in taking photos; when I was younger I used to frame everything I saw. I travelled around Iceland a lot with my parents when I was little and loved so many places. Icelandic nature is a big inspiration for me. The light and the unique landscape is phenomenal and creates endless opportunities. I simply love to capture what I see and turn them into beautiful things. I specialize in landscape and nature, but also I love to take macro pictures and do some artistic work from flowers and other things.”
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"The temperature might hover in the 90s outside, but it's always chilly in the fictional world of Wilmington writer Taylor Brown."
"It is easy to see why Brown’s work has commanded renown already. The prose is economical and stark, pulsing with vibrancy as often as a heartbeat."
"Brown’s stories are gritty and full of heart, full of the blood that pumps through our veins and ties us together to our family without question. His prose is tight, and he is probably one of the loveliest souls in existence, in person as on the page."
The title story from In the Season of Blood & Gold is the first chapter of Taylor's novel,
Fallen Land, published by
St. Martin's Press, January 2016.