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This Month's Theme:
The Summer Wind

Enjoy the last of the summer breezes with some good books: Silas House's Clay's Quilt and A Parchment of Leaves, Gayl Jones' The Healing, Dwight Allen's Judge, and Joe Coomer's One Vacant Chair. Books for August

Now:
One Vacant Chair
by Joe Coomer

Sunday, Aug. 31 at 6:30/5:30 am CT and 11:30/10:30 pm on KET2

From its riveting opening all the way to its unforeseen close, One Vacant Chair—first published in 2003—captures the reader with its humor, insight, and complex depictions of family relationships.

The novel begins as the Huttons gather in Fort Worth, Texas, for the funeral of the family matriarch. The narrator, granddaughter Sarah, has just discovered that her husband is having an affair, so she decides to stay in Fort Worth to help her Aunt Edna fulfill Grandma Hutton's last wishes. Coomer's skillful unfolding of the conflicts and mysteries that surround these characters reveals the extraordinary meaning that can lurk beneath ordinary life.

A Texas native, Joe Coomer spent much of his childhood and youth in Kentucky. Those experiences provide the fodder for his earlier novel, Kentucky Love, which was published in 1985.

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