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Five new page-turners, all from local authors

None of This Would Have Happened if Prince Were Alive

by Carolyn Prusa (Atria)
Prusa’s witty debut novel, set in Savannah during Hurricane Matthew, follows protagonist Ramona, whose life is upended upon discovering her husband’s affair as the category four storm approaches and she struggles to evacuate the city. “It probably falls under Women’s Fiction,” Prusa says, “though I hope everyone reads it!”

Wing Walkers

by Taylor Brown (Macmillan) 
Epic adventure meets love story in Brown’s Great Depression-era novel steeped in American history. Vagabond couple Della and Zeno Marigold journey to the West Coast, funding their trip by performing death-defying aerial stunts in towns along the way; meanwhile, famed author (and thwarted fighter pilot) William Faulkner meets and is inspired by the couple, creating unexpected consequences for all.

The Savannah Gondolier

by Leigh Ebberwein (Old Fort Press)
The second installment of romance series The Saints of Savannah, The Savannah Gondolier reinforces the old adage that you must know where you came from before you can understand where you’re going. While Ebberwein’s first book took readers to Ireland, this time it’s — you guessed it — Italy. 

Papa’s New Home

by Jessica Lynn Curtis // Illustrated by Steve Harmon (Tristan Publishing) 
Little Jessie is struggling to understand the death of her beloved grandfather — until the night she is able to visit him in Heaven, his new home. Their journey takes them to a place of wonder and joy, where cities glitter, angels sing, pets abound and flowers play beautiful music. Regular Savannah magazine contributor Curtis wrote this children’s book to deliver a message of hope for kids experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Should’a Been Here Yesterday.

by James Lock and Mike Dale (Mixam Printing) 
Celebrating the surf culture of coastal Georgia through the photography of James Lock and the art prints of Mike Dale, this book documents the feeling of surf on the Georgia coast: “Swallows gliding through coastal dunes on a hazy morning, thick rain from a warm afternoon storm or a beer on the beach in the red-fire dusk after a day spent on the water.” Dale explains that the book isn’t about the quality of the surf — “You won’t find world-class waves here,” he says. The feeling of freedom and interconnectedness along the 100-mile stretch of Georgia coast, on the other hand, is superb, “like an old dream or a vision of surfing in California before the population and pollution bloomed.”