SFK Press is excited to announce that “Ripples” by Evan Williams will be available for free for five days on Amazon starting April 17.
Is repaying a debt of gratitude worth the cost of sanity? Ben Bramley must answer that question when a fall day phone call beckons him back to the farm of his youth, to the land that scarred him to the bone. If he rescinds his resolution of lifetime avoidance, he will be returning to the postcard mountain hamlet of Abundance where townsfolk are long on judgment but short on sympathy. Clueless that their black-or-white world of Southern Baptist status quo is in jeopardy should Ben decide to unload his repository of dark secrets and completely unravel the pious fabric of the close-knit community, which includes the handful of those who care for him most. Complex relationships fuel a story in which hypocrisy is an art form, change is impossible, and to love someone is to give them the power to destroy.
“A wise, ardent debut novel about the burden of one man’s past and his search for absolution. Williams knows what Faulkner knew: that literature’s one true subject is the human heart in conflict with itself.”
—Jonathan Dee, Pulitzer Prize Finalist for The Privileges, Guggenheim Fellow
“There’s a dark secret hidden in the apple orchards of Abundance, North Carolina, a scenic mountain town on the banks of the Unolama River, and native son Ben Bramley has been running from it for too long. When the summons comes, Ben–like Thomas Wolfe’s George Webber before him–sets out to recover what he’s lost and can’t live without in the place he fears the most. Evan Williams’s fierce, Wolfian first novel reminds us, contra Wolfe, that to complete the journey, we not only can go home again, we must.”
—David Payne, author of Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story
“Williams’s narrative is nothing short of a startling once-in-a-millennia meteor shower. A big, wide-sky tale with tiny shimmering glimpses into the cosmos within us all. He seems always to capture little parts of who we are, of who we know we are, but only recognize when he points them out. Both scenic and sonic, with Ripples, Williams joins the gorgeous literary canon that the Carolina Appalachians have bestowed on America.”
—F. Rutledge Hammes, 2019 South Carolina Arts Commission Prose Fellow, and author of A Curious Matter of Men with Wings