Hybrid Event: Heather Newton launches The Puppeteer's Daughters in conversation with Tommy Hays

Image shows a black box with text Hybrid. Heather Newton in conversation with Tommy Hays. Tuesday. 08.02.2022. 6 PM ET. Nex to the text are photos of the presenters and the cover of Newton's books THE PUPPETEER'S DAUGHTERS.

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Famed puppeteer and master manipulator Walter Gray surprises his three daughters by announcing there is a fourth at his 80th birthday party. An incomplete paternity test--and a will that places a condition on each daughter's inheritance--suggest that the missing daughter isn't a figment of his dementia.

The sisters each knew a different version of their enigmatic father, but all grew up in the presence of fairy tales acted out with marionettes and shadow puppets. If they are to find the fourth daughter and claim the legacy their father has left them, the three must confront their fractured relationships with their father and each other. Infused with fairy tales that sometimes spill magic into the sisters' real lives, The Puppeteer's Daughters is a stunningly-woven family saga about the cost and rewards of claiming a creative life.

Heather Newton’s short story collection McMullen Circle (Regal House 2022) was the finalist for the W.S. Porter prize. Her novel The Puppeteer’s Daughters is forthcoming from Turner Publishing in July 2022 and has been optioned by Sony Pictures Television. Her novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. A practicing attorney, she teaches creative writing for UNC-Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and is co-founder and Program Manager for the Flatiron Writers Room  writers’ center in Asheville. 

Tommy Hays is the author of four novels. The Pleasure Was Mine (St. Martin’s Press), Sam’s Crossing (Atheneum) and In the Family Way (Random House), winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and a selection of the Book of the Month Club. Tommy’s middle grade novel, What I Came to Tell You (Egmont USA), was chosen as a SIBA Okra Pick. He’s published stories and various pieces in magazines and literary journals such as RedbookOur StateSmoky Mountain LivingThe Chattahoochee Review and storySouth. Hays was recently inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors, writers judged to have added to South Carolina’s literary legacy. In 2021 he was named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the governor of North Carolina. He’s a member of the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Writer’s Network and a member of National Book Critics Circle. He is retired Executive Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and Lecturer Emeritus in the Master of Liberal Arts program at UNC Asheville. He received his BA in English from Furman University and graduated from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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The Puppeteer's Daughters By Heather Newton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684428588
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Keylight Books - July 26th, 2022

McMullen Circle By Heather Newton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646030767
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Published: Regal House Publishing - January 17th, 2022

Under the Mercy Trees: A Novel By Heather Newton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062001344
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 18th, 2011

The Pleasure Was Mine: A Novel By Tommy Hays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312339333
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 21st, 2006

Sam's Crossing By Tommy Hays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476740164
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Published: Scribner - February 2nd, 2013

SKU: x672389