By Frank Turner Hollon
(MacAdam Cage, Hardcover, 9781596922914, 350pp.)
Publication Date: June 24, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In the tradition of Philip Roth’s Everyman, and in a voice that is unmistakably Frank Turner Hollon’s, the story of one man contemplating the nature of life — the ordinary and extraordinary moments, the successes and failures alike.
Life is uneven, unexpected, and unpredictable. And from the moment of James Early Winwood’s conception until his inevitable end, his life is no exception.
Early, the unflinching and inviting narrator of The Wait, takes us along on a personal journey — from family dramas to lost loves, from failed ambitions to the challenges of an aging body — all the while tracing the steps of his unique, though common, experience. Without agenda, Early shares both the darkest parts of himself and life’s brightest, most fleeting moments.
An honest and unglossed novel about the human condition, The Wait demonstrates that although our lives are forged by a handful of events, it is ultimately during those moments in between, where we are waiting for life to happen, that we truly discover who we have become.
Frank Turner Hollon lives in Baldwin County, Alabama, with his wife and children. He is the author of numerous novels, including Blood and Circumstance, The Point of Fracture, The God File, and Life Is a Strange Place, which is currently being developed into a feature film.
“… pack[s] in so much depth…a testament to the author’s ability to spin layers of meaning in deceptively simple prose.”
“…an elegantly crafted philosophical meditation on the meaning of life…the real star of this novel is the human voice itself—convincing, justifying, exploring, sometimes rambling, sometimes sharply focused, looking for certainty, yet knowing it’s a rarity…an illuminating little parable about self-deception and revelation.”
“Hollon is one of Alabama’s best kept literary secrets…he continues to put his own singular spin on the legacy left behind by his Southern forebears…[and] brilliantly composes new lyrics for the old, dark songs sung by those who came before him, Southern masters like Robert Penn Warren and William Faulkner.”
—The Anniston Star