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December 5, 2014

'Tis the season--again! I don't know about you, but it seems like I just put all of those Christmas decorations away and yet here I am hauling them out again. I'm not saying that my house resembles the Griswolds's from CHRISTMAS VACATION, but I think Santa would be proud of my efforts.

It's been a busy year with the release of THREE books---RETURN TO TRADD STREET (the 4th in the Tradd Street series) in January, A LONG TIME GONE in June, and the anthology GRAND CENTRAL (with 9 other authors) in July.

It will be another exciting year in 2015 with my next release, THE SOUND OF GLASS, out on May 19th. It's set in one of my favorite Lowcountry cities--Beaufort--and has a host of characters I hope you fall for as much as I did. I must admit that I miss them now that I'm done writing the book! The fall of 2015 will see the re-release of my first two novels, IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON and WHISPERS OF GOODBYE. I'm so excited to introduce these books to new readers!

Looking further ahead to January 2016 will be the publication of the collaborative novel THE FORGOTTEN ROOM with fellow authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. Check out our facebook page here (@WilligWilliamsWhite) to find out more.

If you're a visual kind of person, make sure you visit my Pinterest boards to give you an idea of the settings for some of my books as well as which actors and actresses would play the characters in the Tradd Street series should it ever hit the small screen. Warning--Pinterest is highly addictive! One of my favorites modes of procrastination. :-)

And if you love the Tradd Street series---you're in luck! I've just agreed to write THREE more so be on the lookout for the first one some time in the Fall of 2016.

Enjoy the joys of the season, and may you stay warm while you struggle with the tinsel and down that eggnog.

Until next time, happy reading!

Break Line

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About A LONG TIME GONE
New American Library/Penguin Publishing Group
ISBN: 978-0451240460
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On Sale June 3, 2014

“We Walker women were born screaming into this world, the beginning of a lifelong quest to find what would quiet us. But whatever drove us away was never stronger than the pull of what brought us back....” 

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she’d left, that’s exactly what happens—Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.

What she hopes to find is solace with “Bootsie,” her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was.

But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself—by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted her them for generations. 

Reviews

Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee for “Best Mainstream, Young Adult & New Adult” Book
—RT Book Reviews

"One of the best books (so far) of 2014."
—Popsugar.com

"Karen White's A Long Time Gone leaves readers in that most pleasant teary-eyed state that only a very good book can induce."
Southern Literary Review

GOLD Top Pick
"Her colorful narrative is melodious and haunting, and gives a Tennessee Williams-like aura to the awesomely depicted places and all of her impeccably played and fantastic characters. Brava!"
—RT Book Reviews

"Sunburn alert! This multi-generational family saga is a book you could get lost in, so read with care in the bright sunshine."
—Delta Magazine

"A sweet Southern tale of the bond between mothers and daughters...emotionally satisfying..."
—Kirkus Reviews

"White...crafts a story with something for almost everyone: betrayal, murder, history, family secrets, and a little romance. Readers will find it difficult to put this one down since each chapter leaves one craving more of the Walker women’s stories. Recommended.
—Library Journal

"Karen White's new delta-drawn narrative is gothic gold."
—The Atlantan

“A Long Time Gone” is Karen White’s best novel to date..Use your vacation reading to escape and immerse in this world White has so deftly created. It’s so real that it’s hard to leave at the end."
—The Herald-Sun

"White...writes, plots and develops characters to levels above the usual summer-reading fare..."
—FayObserver.com

"This southern saga of life in Mississippi [is] one of White's best, and that means it is very, very good."
—The Huffington Post

"Intense, riveting, and mysterious contemporary fiction -- finely told -- a best seller!"
—The Best Reviews

"...an absorbing drama. [This] is why White consistently prevails as a shining literary star."
—Jen's Jewels

One of "10 Best Beach Reads"
—Shape.com

"...White’s lyrical prose recalls the melancholic harmony of the blues and the hypnotic southern drawl of novelists Olive Ann Burns and Kaye Gibbons...There’s no question that White has a gift for words. That, and a deftly constructed plot, make A Long Time Gone a recommended read."
—ArtsATL

"A good choice for readers who like the history and secrets of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (2013) or the intergenerational female stories of Sarah Addison Allen."
—Booklist

"[The characters'] collective views offer glimpses into old secrets and future hopes in White’s richly detailed narrative."
—The Washington Post