Patrick Coleman’s ‘The Churchgoer’ is a modern noir that reshapes the genre

Patrick Coleman’s ‘The Churchgoer’ is a modern noir that reshapes the genre

The Churchgoer by Patrick Coleman is an engrossing noir that tackles religion, faith, and morality. Set in Southern California during the early-2000s, it follows a former Evangelical pastor turned blue-collar worker and surfer. His world gets turned upside-down when his coworker is murdered and a new woman in his life go missing on the same night.

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Wil Medearis discusses gentrification, art, and murder in his debut ‘Restoration Heights’

Wil Medearis discusses gentrification, art, and murder in his debut ‘Restoration Heights’

In his debut novel Restoration Heights, Wil Medearis explore gentrification through a murder noir set in the Brooklyn art world. The conglomerate of ideas came to the author over a series of events spread across years.

In the novel, a young art handler is the last to see a woman alive and becomes captivated by what happened to her. He becomes a sleuth trying to piece together her disappearance. Medearis himself has a background in art and watched his Brooklyn neighborhood change rapidly before his eyes.

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Appalachian misunderstandings and memories with Mesha Maren, author of ‘Sugar Run’

Appalachian misunderstandings and memories with Mesha Maren, author of ‘Sugar Run’

A confluence of events led to Mesha Maren writing Sugar Run. The debut author grew up in rural West Virginia where her father volunteered working with incarcerated women. Years later, while working as a waitress in Iowa City, she drew on those scenic summer days she missed to create an atmospheric setting for her characters.

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