“Letters from My Sister” by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Two families – one white, one black – both devoted to the land they’ve farmed together and to one another. Two brothers – one a loyal suitor, one a philanderer. Two sisters – one a refined Southern beauty, one a tree-climbing nonconformist. Stir into the mix a handsome stranger restoring a nearby farm to its […]

Darlyn Finch Kuhn

Darlyn Finch Kuhn is a prolific poet, short-story writer, and novelist who edits the Scribbles literary e-newsletter and produces book trailer videos. Her debut novel, Sewing Holes, available from Twisted Road Publications, won First Place in the published novella category of the FWA’s 2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards. In addition to her two poetry collections […]

“The Beautiful Misfits” by Susan Reinhardt

The Beautiful Misfits is a fascinating look into three distinct industries: television journalism, luxury cosmetics sales, and addiction rehabilitation. In each world, we learn that everyone is pushing something, whether information with an agenda, unrealistic standards of perfection, drugs and alcohol, or freedom from the same. Reinhardt’s protagonist, Josette “Josie” Nickels, ruminates on the opioid […]

April Read of the Month: “Sewing Holes,” by Darlyn Finch Kuhn

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Like many Southern novels, Sewing Holes explores a somewhat dysfunctional family facing challenges and loss. Yet Darlyn Finch Kuhn’s refreshing approach to this material results in a novel more heartwarming than tragic, more uplifting than gloomy. Narrator Tupelo Honey Lee is known by her middle name—for obvious reasons. Set in 1975 […]