Episode 290 — Smith Henderson

   
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Smith Henderson is the guest. His debut novel, Fourth of July Creek, is now available from Ecco.  (Photo creditJohn Clark, Wall Street Journal)

Ron Charles of The Washington Post calls it

The best book I’ve read so far this year…Henderson choreographs these parts so masterfully that the novel is never less than wholly engaging… All week I was looking for opportunities to slip back into these pages and follow the trials of this rural social worker.

And The New York Times says

First novels don’t come much more confidently written or fully imagined than this.

Monologue topics: travel, family travel, parental aspirations, travel hell.