You guys, The River of Kings is now available for pre-order! Reserve your copy today from one of these retailers:
Thrilled to announce that Fallen Land is available today in paperback! And oh what a beautiful cover! Copies are available everywhere fine books are sold, and online as well:
Excited to share the cover art for The River of Kings, coming on March 21, 2017. Here’s the description:
The Altamaha River, Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” has been named one of the 75 “Last Great Places in the World.” Crossed by roads only five times in its 137-mile length, the blackwater river is home to thousand-year-old virgin cypress, descendants of 18th-century Highland warriors, and a motley cast of rare and endangered species. The Altamaha has even been rumored to harbor its own river monster, as well as traces of the most ancient European fort in North America.
Brothers Hunter and Lawton Loggins set off to kayak the river, bearing their father’s ashes toward the sea. Hunter is a college student, Lawton a Navy SEAL on leave; both young men were raised by an angry, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons hope to resolve. As the brothers proceed downriver, their story is interwoven with that of Jacques Le Moyne, an artist who accompanied the 1564 expedition to found a French settlement at the river’s mouth, which began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes. In The River of Kings, SIBA-bestselling author Taylor Brown artfully weaves three narrative strands—the brothers’ journey, their father’s past, and the dramatic history of the river’s earliest people—to evoke a legendary place and its powerful hold on the human imagination.
The French publisher of Fallen Land, Editions Autrement, recently unveiled the cover art for the French of the book, which has been re-titled La Poudre et La Cendre, or Powder and Ashes. This title has more resonance in French, and I love it, as well as the new artwork. This edition is coming in February. I hope that French readers enjoy it, as one of the main storylines in the next novel, The River of Kings, follows French artist Jacques Le Moyne, the first European artist to capture the flora, fauna, and natives in the New World.
I’m over the moon to let you know that my short story “Rhino Girl,” which follows the story of a Georgia-born anti-poaching ranger in South Africa, has been published in one of the biggest venues there is, The Rumpus, alongside some incredible artwork by Clare Nauman.
“Rhino Girl” was a finalist for the 2015 Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Contest, awarded by Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, and also a finalist for the Tenth Annual Danahy Fiction Prize, awarded by Tampa Review. The story was also awarded second place in the 2016 Doris Betts Fiction Prize, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network and managed by the North Carolina Literary Review.
I’m thrilled to let you guys know that my tribute to Waylon, my German Wirehaired Pointer rescue, has been published in one of my favorite magazines, Garden & Gun (June 2016 issue). The piece is part of the monthly Good Dog column, and it’s titled “Creature Comfort.” It’s now online, so you can read it here:
“Riverkeepers” is actually the basis for my novel The River of Kings, set on the Altamaha River near where I grew up. It is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press, probably in 2017.
Thank you so much to the editors of these publications for featuring my work. I’m so very grateful and honored.
Press 53 was well represented, as Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, edited by Clifford Garstang, was the finalist in the Fiction: Anthologies category.
Fallen Land is due out January 12, 2016. You can now pre-order it. Here are some of the blurbs:
“A shattering debut that puts one strongly in mind of the young Cormac McCarthy, and the best historical fiction I’ve read in ages.”
–Pinckney Benedict, author of Town Smokes, The Wrecking Yard, and Dogs of God
“In Taylor Brown’s riveting novel Fallen Land a young man and woman wander south through a post-apocalyptic landscape that portrays the horrifying ravages of the Civil War. It is rare thing for a writer to have the talent and scope to exhibit both the worst and best of humanity in one book, much less in one scene, but that’s what Brown does here: He literally floods the page with violent beauty and devastating grace. Well-known and oft-praised writers will look back on long and storied careers only to wish they had written a debut novel as flawless as Fallen Land.”
–Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy
“In Fallen Land Taylor Brown brings Civil War history alive with a special intimacy and intensity. A story of love and loyalty set within the madness and chaos of war, the novel is also a thrilling fugue, in both senses: of flight, and intricate composition. It is also the story of a revenge quest, the horrors of Sherman’s March, a noble horse named Reiver, of sacrifice, endurance, and redemption. No one who reads Fallen Land will ever forget it. In this first novel Taylor Brown proves himself a fresh, authentic, and eloquent new voice in American fiction.”
–Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek, Boone, and The Road from Gap Creek