A Shelter of Others (White)

Charles Dodd White. A Shelter of Others. Peninsula, Ohio: Fiddleback ltd, 2014. 216 pages. Softcover. $14.00.

Whether we are born into a family or make a family, the urge to reside in a tribe is strong. So says Charles Dodd White in his novel A Shelter of Others. From the elderly Sam Laws, who lived a wonderful life as a child, to Mason, his son, who was neglected for Sam’s academic career, each character in this book seeks a familial bond with someone. As the groups coalesce, the tension builds.

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A native of upper East Tennessee, Jane Hicks is an award-winning poet and quilter. Her poetry has appeared in journals and numerous anthologies, and her first book, Blood and Bone Remember, was nominated for and won several awards. Her “literary quilts” illustrate the works of playwright Jo Carson and novelists Sharyn McCrumb and Silas House. The University Press of Kentucky will publish her latest poetry book, Driving with the Dead, in the fall of 2014.

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