Going to Solace was named a Best Read of 2012 by public radio KRCB‘s literary program “Word by Word” hosted by literary and cinema critic Gil Mansergh. I’m so proud of that. Four books were selected. Only two were fiction. The other work of fiction? A Pulitzer Prize winner that year.
Gil was good enough to spend nearly an hour blabbing with me about the book right there on KRCB, uncovering some of its secrets (for instance, some readers picture the characters as white, others as black–and that’s intended). You can listen here.
Going to Solace was also named a Best Read of 2012 by the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter from among its member authors.
Here are a few things readers have said about Going to Solace:
What The Help did for the Deep South, Going to Solace does for Appalachia. McTigue’s not-soon-to-be-forgotten characters belie Southern stereotypes as they struggle with life’s great ending moment.
Waights Taylor, Jr. author, Our Southern Home
Going to Solace is one of the most beautifully written novels I’ve read in quite a while. I consider this book to be not just fiction, but a true work of literature.
Frances Caballo, Principal, ACT Communications; author, Social Media Just for Writers
You are not alone. That’s the message every hospice worker brings to those facing terminal illness—and it’s the take-away from this wonderful book. I was so grateful to laugh and cry with these characters. This is writing infused not only with a sense of humor, but also a “sense of human,” a quality I deeply admire in my colleagues in terminal care.
Karen Kenney, Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ
There’s sleight-of-hand here–don’t miss it! Beneath the surface, the author welcomes us (all of us) by playing with assumptions about race, ability and cultural heritage. Others’ stories become ours, multiple stories become one, exploring what happens when we’re brought together under the terrible, leveling shadow of death.
Lynne D. Morrow, PhD, Professor, Music and American Culture, Sonoma State University
There are more reviews for you to consider, good, bad and in between, on Amazon and at Goodreads. I hope you’ll add your own.
Also, if you’re a social reader, consider featuring Going to Solace in your book club or class. I’m happy to join the conversation either in person or via live video chat via Skype or FaceTime.