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Carolyn Wall

Playing With Matches (Random House, 2012) by acclaimed author, Carolyn Wall, is available in bookstores now.  Playing With Matches was chosen as Target’s July Read for 2012.

Now a full-time novelist, Wall worked for twenty years as a free-lance writer, serving as Fiction Editor for Byline magazine and Senior Staff Writer for the award-winning Persimmon Hill magazine.  She lectures on university campuses and in conference centers across the country, conducting intense workshops in Fiction and Novel Writing and Journaling.  She has taught writing students for twenty-five years and is known for motivating writers everywhere.

In 1995 she wrote for and edited the book Braced Against the Wind, the only literary history of the bombing of Oklahoma City.  In 1998, the U.S. Department of the Interior awarded her a writing residency at Devils Tower, Wyoming.  She is one of two writers in a five-state region, to have received the Crème-de-la-Crème award from the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.  Her debut novel, Sweeping Up Glass (Random House, 2009) received that year’s Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction.  Her first two novels have sold in nine countries and have been translated into several languages.  Wall is currently at work on her third novel.

What they are saying about Sweeping Up Glass

“This is a perfect little book, like a head-on collision between Flannery O’Connor and Harper Lee, with a bit of Faulkner on a mystery binge. I loved every page of it.”—Joe R. Landsdale, Edgar-award winner

“Carolyn D. Wall has created an engaging character in Olivia Harker and a complex and densely interconnected community in Aurora , Kentucky . Her evocative prose recalls the regional style of such authors as Flannery O’Connor, Harper Lee, and Eudora Welty.”—Mystery Scene

"Wall gives her heroine a powerful voice in this haunting debut."—Kirkus Reviews

“A real stunner, with plot and characters the like of which you’ve never seen.”—MLB News

“Highly recommended for all collections.” —Library Journal, starred review

“A powerful novel…features unforgettable characters placed in a terrifying situation….this is a fine novel which deserves a wide audience.”—Mystery News

“The strong, fresh narrative voice pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go in Wall’s stunning debut.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The suspense is gripping, the danger is very real, and the reader gets caught up in Wall’s powerful, moving debut.” —Library Journal, starred review

“This debut novel does so much more than traditional, tightly focused mysteries. It has a powerfully, sometimes uncomfortably, realized setting; characters who seem drawn from life; and a wide-ranging plot, bursting with complications...A gripping story and a truly original voice.” —Booklist

“This extraordinary debut novel…is filled with arresting images, bitter humor, and characters with palpable physical presence. The fresh voice of that clear-eyed narrator reminded me of Scout in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. I literally could not put it down.” — Boston Globe

“Haunting, lyrical, entirely absorbing, Sweeping Up Glass deserves a place on the shelf next to classics like True Grit and To Kill a Mockingbird.”—Martha Beck



“Everything that comes by you has your name on it.” CDW
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