Hybrid | The Angels of Sinkhole County: Deborah Clearman in conversation with Sebastian Matthews

Image shows the headshots of Deborah Clearman and Sebastian Matthews with the cover of Clearman's book, The Angels of Sinkhole County

Deborah Clearman and Sebastian Matthews will discuss Clearman's novel, The Angels of Sinkhole County

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The Angels of Sinkhole County
When Roger Thorndike dies of old age at home in rural West Virginia, his private staff of caregivers are devastated. One of them, Loretta Hardwick, comes up with a plan to salve their broken hearts and save their jobs—in a place where jobs are scarce. They switch out the dead Major, his nickname among the staff, for his living double, a hermit mountain man who has also been under Loretta’s care. The ensuing deception of Major’s grown children—Hume, a veterinarian in nearby Powhatan County, and Ruth, an artist in New York City known to the caregivers as Ruthless—as well as nurses, doctors, a pastor, and an angry ex care manager, reveals class divisions, workplace rivalries, and moral dilemmas in a rollicking drama of rising tension and high stakes.

Deborah Clearman was born in North Carolina and grew up on a farm in Southern Maryland. She is the author of two novels, Remedios and Todos Santos; a collection of short fiction, Concepción and the Baby Brokers and Other Stories Out of Guatemala; and The Goose’s Tale, a children’s book she wrote and illustrated. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals. She lives in New York City. www.deborahclearman.com.

Sebastian Matthews is the author of the memoir In My Father’s Footsteps (W.W. Norton & Co.) as well as two collections of poetry, We Generous and Miracle Day, both published by Red Hen Press. A third collection, Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision, came out from Red Hen Press in 2017. Along with Stanley Plumly, Matthews is the co-editor of three volumes: The Poetry Blues: Essays and Interviews of William Matthews (University of Michigan Press), Search Party: The Collected Poems of William Matthews (Houghton Mifflin), a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, and New Hope for the Dead: Uncollected Matthews (Red Hen Press). His poetry and prose have appeared in or on, among others, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Blackbird, The Common, From the Fishouse, Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review, New England Review, Poets & Writers, storySouth, The Sun, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, Writer’s Almanac, and Writer’s Chronicle.

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The Angels of Sinkhole County: A Novel By Deborah Clearman Cover Image
ISBN: 9798988023418
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Meridian Arts - April 16th, 2024

Beyond Repair: Living in a Fractured State By Sebastian Matthews Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597094368
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Hen Press - August 24th, 2020

SKU: x672389