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Based loosely on a tragic real-life incident in 2014, One Kind Favor explores the consequences of the lynching of a young black man in rural North Carolina. After the lynching of Lincoln Lennox is discovered and subsequently covered up in the small fictional community of Cord, North Carolina, the ghosts who frequent the all-in-one bar and consignment shop take on the responsibility of unearthing the truth and acting as the memory for the town that longs to forget and continues to hate. A reimagined Kathy Acker, the groundbreaking literary icon, engages Lincoln in a love triangle and brings a transgressive post-punk esthetic to the mission. The down-the-rabbit-hole satirical storytelling of One Kind Favor, Kevin McIlvoy's sixth novel, echoes Appalachian ghost stories in which haunting presences will, at last, have their way.
Kevin McIlvoy is the author of seven previous books: five novels, a book of short stories, and a book of prose poetry. A retired Regents Professor of Creative Writing from New Mexico State University, he teaches at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program in Creative Writing. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Find Kevin online at kevinmcilvoy.com;
facebook.com/kevin.mcilvoy; Twitter @KevinMcIlvoy; and Instagram @kevin.mcilvoyager.
Steve Almond is the author of eleven books, including the NYT bestsellers “Candyfreak” and “Against Football.” His work has appeared in venues ranging from the Best American Short Stories to the New York Times Magazine. https://stevealmondjoy.org/
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