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Beat the Heat with NewSouth's Summer Titles

Monday, July 24th, 2006 by Brian Seidman

Summer’s here, and the whole country’s certainly feeling the heat! So what’s the deal with USA Today saying there’s no hot beach books this summer? Didn’t they read the Charlotte Observer review of Mark Ethridge’s Grievances, which called the mystery novel “a must for your beach bag”? And Windows a Bookshop in Louisiana certainly has plenty to read, as they list Tony Dunbar’s Tubby Meets Katrina among the new books by their favorite authors that summer brought. So if you’re headed out to the beach, don’t forget these great titles from NewSouth–they may not cool you off, but they’ll definitely keep your mind off the heat!

Grievances Called Intriguing Novel; Send a Message to Author Mark Ethridge

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006 by Brian Seidman

The Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio has praised Grievances as an “intriguing novel.” They continue:

Ethridge precisely conveys the grunt side of newspaper work — the crunching boredom of sifting through piles of public records as the deadline clock ticks away. He shows various versions of the story as the two reporters polish it, and their disappointment as it suffers delays caused by conflicting information.

The book’s supporting characters are beautifully drawn. The aptly named Reverend Grace, the dignified, snuff-dipping housemaid Mary Pell, even the pathetic, aging Klansmen — each is elevated above “type” by Ethridge’s careful observation.

NewSouth is also pleased to announce that you can now email author Mark Ethridge with questions or comments about Grievances. Follow this link to send a message to Mark, and to learn more about the book!

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

Grievances Author Talks Writing Process in Charleston Post-Courier

Thursday, June 29th, 2006 by Brian Seidman

The Charleston Post-Courier reviewed Mark Ethridge’s Grievances earlier this month, talking with Ethridge both about the book, and about the challenges facing a first-time novelist.

“Ethridge began ‘Grievances’ in 2001, completing the manuscript in 2003, then invested the next year trying to market the book. He garnered a few rejections in the process, none of which offered the same reasons for taking a pass. The author persisted with, naturally, a newsman’s tenacity. …

[Ethridge said,] ‘I tried to write a work of fiction about 20 years ago. In retrospect, it was lacking. Not only did the publishing world find it lacking, but so did I. I understand now that good stories are really not so much about what happens as they are about what happens to people. It’s about how the characters you like are challenged and what they do. I thought about what novels do and why I like them. Clearly, you want them to be entertaining, captivating if possible. For me, relaxation is being enthralled with something.’ …

‘If you can write a story so well and so detailed that you achieve credibility, you’ve accomplished your goal. Accurate facts are vital, but you’re also telling it in such a way that people will say, “That guy really knows what he’s talking about.” That’s what I wanted to do.’

In real life, as in novels, Ethridge believes truth will out. Occasionally, it just needs some impetus. Or as one character says to Harper, ‘In the long run, truth doesn’t need help. But in the short run, sometimes it uses people like you and me to speed itself along.’

‘I spent a lot of time with that line,’ Ethridge says. ‘I have to believe that truth ultimately comes out. It’s what we all work to do. Some truths may not be told until decades after their time. I figure that sometime we’ll know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa. I’m an idealist. You have to hope there’s some higher power in charge of truth and justice.'”

Ethridge will sign Grievances tomorrow, June 30, from 3-5 pm at the Waldenbooks at Sumter Mall. For more information, call (803) 775-6275. For a complete tour schedule, click here. Grievances is available directly from NewSouth Books, Amazon, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

Grievances reviewed in the Wofford College Newsroom

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006 by Brian Seidman

Grievances, by author Mark Ethridge, has been reviewed in the Wofford College Newsroom, which called the book “enthralling.” Said the reviewer, “Ethridge has written a novel that I–and a bunch of other readers–could not put down.”