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Phillip Lewis

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West Jefferson, NC, The United States



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Phillip Lewis was born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, where he served as editor in chief of the Campbell Law Review. He now lives in Charlotte. THE BARROWFIELDS is his first novel.

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Phillip Lewis Hi, Jacqueline! Thank you so much for the kind words. The book represents several years of very hard work and comes from a very honest emotional place…moreHi, Jacqueline! Thank you so much for the kind words. The book represents several years of very hard work and comes from a very honest emotional place. It means the world to me when people connect with the book and find it meaningful.

I am definitely thinking about and working on a new book, although it's always slow in the beginning. More than anything, I'm catching up on some reading now and in the background I'm trying to identify what narrative voice I'm going to use, and what structure and shape the book is going to take. It's kind of like trying to put together a giant puzzle when all the pieces are mixed up and upside down. At the moment I'm revisiting all of Flannery O'Connor's short stories and loving them.

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Phillip Lewis If I were forced to pick, it might be Madeline and Porphyro from Keats's The Eve of St. Agnes. Beyond the beauty of the language in the poem, I love P…moreIf I were forced to pick, it might be Madeline and Porphyro from Keats's The Eve of St. Agnes. Beyond the beauty of the language in the poem, I love Porphyro's passion: "Meantime, across the moors, Had come young Porphyro, with heart on fire . . . ."

I've always been a sucker for improbable tales of deeply romantic love, although couples in the classical Romeo-and-Juliet sense rarely make appearances in the literature that historically I've enjoyed the most (a fact which I did not realize until standing in front of my bookshelves this morning pondering the question you've posed here. You don't find a lot of that sort of thing in Poe and Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, for example).

Some runners-up might be: Westley and Buttercup, Sophie and Stingo, Queequeg and Ishmael, Brick and Maggie, Sherlock and Irene (from A Scandal in Bohemia, not the recent movies), and how about Scott and Zelda as portrayed by Tennessee Williams in Clothes for a Summer Hotel? That was horribly bleak, though.

If you had asked me about my favorite movie couple, I might have said Clarence and Alabama from True Romance.

My favorite real-life couple was Chopin and George Sand (Aurore Dupin). See also Henry Miller's August 14, 1932 letter to Anais Nin. I find this to be extraordinarily powerful ("woman, woman, woman"). I'd love to see a relationship this compelling in a work of fiction. I know it's much easier said than done.(less)
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The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis
"There is so much here, I don’t know where to begin. Beautifully written literary fiction. A coming of age story. Fathers and sons. Setting so pronounced it becomes another character in the story. I have read a good number of debut novels in the last " Read more of this review »
The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis
"Utterly compelling. A story of an avid reader and writer who bores a family and buys an unusual house. His life, family and interests; happy moments and all, lead him to a state of despair. Unfortunate life events he can not recover from and the stor" Read more of this review »
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"I liked The Barrowfields much more than I expected to.

It's a slow-paced debut novel that almost feels like it belongs to another era. It's literary fiction that follows a young man who yearns to know his father, who is either (or possibly both) a gen" Read more of this review »
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Wendy - good morning, and welcome to the Carolinas! You have picked an absolutely beautiful part of the state to live in (as you know, of course). I love it out there and visit as often as I can (particularly the Nantahala Outdoor Center, which is pr See Full Answer
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“We realize, though, because we must, that remembrance is finite. It crosses only so many generations before it fades to indistinction. One man remembers his father and perhaps his grandfather and the details of the lives that were lived. But it's harder to see further back in time. I know the name of my great-grandfather, but our living time did not intersect. We did not walk the earth at the same time. Thus, to me he's a photograph; a story I heard my grandfather tell. He's not a life I remember. And my children may not know him at all, unless by chance they can find him in a book. In time, he will be forgotten entirely, just as we all will with enough revolutions of the earth around the slowly expiring sun. Each fragile heart now beating will one day stop ... We are little more than one tree's growth of leaves in hillside forest. We will enjoy our brief moment in the sun, only to fall away with all the other to make way for the next bright young generation.”
Phillip Lewis, The Barrowfields

“He began to explicate a detailed and heretofore unformulated hypothesis about the human mind’s psychological readiness to read a given book at a given moment, and how important, nay, critical, it was to have the book one wanted to read at the absolute ready when the inspiration struck.”
Phillip Lewis, The Barrowfields: A Novel

“There is a fear that accompanies returning to a place that holds many of your life’s memories, especially if years pass between leaving and returning.”
Phillip Lewis, The Barrowfields: A Novel


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“I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.”
John Keats

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