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Ed Tarkington

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Ed Tarkington’s debut novel ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART (Algonquin, 2016) was a ABA Indies Introduce selection (top 10 debuts of the publishing season), an Indie Next pick, a Book of the Month Club Main Selection, and a Southern Independent Booksellers Association bestseller. His second novel, THE FORTUNATE ONES (Algonquin, 2021), also a SIBA bestseller, was recently named a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. A regular contributor to Chapter16.org, his articles, essays, and stories have appeared in a variety of publications including the Nashville Scene, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Knoxville News-Sentinel, and Lit Hub. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Ed Tarkington Hi Sherri, I'm finishing my next novel now. Hope to have a draft to my editor in the next month or two; probably will be out in late '18 or '19 depend…moreHi Sherri, I'm finishing my next novel now. Hope to have a draft to my editor in the next month or two; probably will be out in late '18 or '19 depending on how much work needs to be done. Thanks for your interest--hope to see you on my next visit to Dayton! Best, ET
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“But only a few have the will -- be it born of courage or recklessness, folly or sublime wisdom -- to act and, by their action, transform themselves. They will pay for their courage, of course; the world does not treat its "others" lightly. But so will the rest of us -- the ones who love them -- haunted as we are by our envy of their bright, burning beauty, which we can bear neither to look at nor to turn away from.”
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“We were perched on the precipice of manhood, drunk on our own importance, our futures promising, the present full of opportunity for seemingly endless firsts and lasts--first drink, first kiss, first love, first lay; last dance, last test, last performance, last season, last game. There were many dance and parties to attend: homecoming at both Steptoe and Yeatman, Steptoe's winter formal, holiday celebrations, and, in the spring, proms and the Tennessee Breeders' Cup. At times, it seemed our education was getting in the way of the events surrounding it.”
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“Only love can break your heart. And who wants to live without love?”
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