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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 by

Writer and journalist Julia Oliver has reviewed Mark Ethridge’s novel Grievances for the new online book review section of First Draft magazine, published by the Alabama Writers’ Forum. Oliver notes that Ethridge “has made the crossover from award-winning, third-generation newspaperman to first-time novelist with grace and aplomb.”

Grievances tells the story of an unsolved civil rights murder in South Carolina, and the newspaper investigation with both political and personal repercussions for journalist Matt Harper. “Overall here,” writes Oliver, “Ethridge appears to have found a comfortable sweet spot somewhere between the breakneck urgency of big city journalism and the more measured craft of tension-filled fiction writing.”

The Alabama Writers’ Forum promotes and facilitates the practice of literary arts through its services to writers and the general public. With individual and corporate associates statewide, the Forum represents the diverse voices of today’s writing talent. First Draft magazine’s new online book reviews feature twelve reviews each month of books by Alabama authors, books about our state, and books by local publishing houses. First Draft Reviews Online also includes a searchable archive to benefit readers, students, and scholars.

Grievances ��is �available ��from NewSouth Books, Amazon.com, or your favorite local or online book�� retailer.

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