Thursday, June 2, 2016

Spotlight on Resting Places by Michael C. White

Publisher: Open Books Press
Pub Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 276

In his seventh and latest novel, Resting Places, Michael C. White delivers a story that is both haunting and hopeful with characters that take residence in the heart and mind. 

After receiving the devastating news of her son’s death, Elizabeth ekes out a lonely and strained relationship with her husband, Zack. While he takes comfort in support groups, Elizabeth becomes withdrawn and seeks solace from the only thing that helps her forget: alcohol. A chance meeting with a man on the side of the road spurs her to travel cross-country to the site of her son’s death in the hope of understanding what had happened.

During the trip, she undergoes a transformation, one which allows her to confront the demons of her past but also to acknowledge the possibilities of her future. Through the wisdom and kindness of a man she meets along the way, she finds a means not only of dealing with her pain and her guilt, but of opening herself to the redemptive power of love, and of faith in something. Resting Places is an inspiring story, a tale of real faith in what we cannot see except with our hearts, a novel that follows a character from despair to hope, from despondency to renewal.

Praise for Resting Places

"This is a beautifully crafted novel of unbearable loss and earned forgiveness. Michael C. White has wrought a remarkably moving tale of love and redemption."— Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot’s Wife and Rescue

“Elizabeth Gerlacher is a character I will long remember and Resting Places is a story I will not soon forget.”  —Wally Lamb, author of She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much is True

“This is a lovely, searing book."  —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

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About the Author

Michael C. White is the author of six previous novels: Beautiful Assassin (Harper Collins, 2010), which won the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Fiction; Soul Catcher, which was a Booksense and Historical Novels Review selection, as well as a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award; A Brother’s Blood, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers nominee; The Blind Side of the Heart, an Alternate Book-of-the-Month Club selection; A Dream of Wolves, which received starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly; and The Garden of Martyrs, also a Connecticut Book Award finalist. A collection of his short stories, Marked Men, was published by the University of Missouri Press. He has also published over 50 short stories in national magazines and journals, and has won the Advocate Newspapers Fiction Award.

The founding editor of the yearly fiction anthology American Fiction as well as the magazine Dogwood, White is the founder and director of Fairfield University’s low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program.

He lives in Madison, Connecticut, with his wife Reni and their two Labs, Henry and Falstaff. He writes in a converted chicken coop in the woods behind his house.

You can find out more about Michael and his writing on his website.


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