Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sarah Addison Allen

We readers are passionate about sharing newly discovered books and authors.  That's certainly not news to any of you guys!  Some of my all-time favorite writers are those who were introduced to me by many of you through the DorothyL mystery community; others I've just been lucky enough to stumble on.

Such is the case with the wonderful work of Sarah Addison Allen, who describes her work as "Southern-Fried Magical Realism."  

I had just discovered this delightful young writer when a particularly lovely occurrence was happening in my life.  I was over the moon about being interviewed by Marlisa Mills, for Western North Carolina Magazine.  I couldn't wait to have the March, 2011 edition in my hands to read the final version when I was stopped in my tracks to see that my interview followed a wonderful interview of Ms. Allen by Erin Campbell.  It was a very big deal to me to be invited for an interview by Marlisa, an exceptionally gracious woman, and terrific writer, who I greatly admire.  Sometimes life hands over the sweetest of gifts, and being included in the same edition of a magazine I love along with New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen was the oh so sweet icing on the cake. 

This from her webpage:  "North Carolina novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction -- a captivating blend of fairy tale magic, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility."

Ms. Allen has written four novels - 

Garden Spells
"Spellbindingly charming, Allen's impressively accomplished debut novel blends the evanescent desires of hopeless romantics with the inherent wariness of those who have been hurt once too often."

- Booklist, starred review

The Sugar Queen
"Words such as sweet, charming and delightful are weak accolades for such a pleasurable book."

- Publishers Weekly

The Girl Who Chased the Moon
"That it is never too late to change the future and that high school sins can be forgiven--these are wonderful messages, but Allen's warm characters and quirky setting are what will completely open readers' hearts to this story."

- Library Journal, starred review

The Peach Keeper
Allen juggles smalltown history and mystical thriller, character development and eerie magical realism in a fine Southern gothic drama. The underlying tension will please and unnerve readers, as well as leave them eager for Allen's next.
-Publisher's Weekly


So, there you have it, my latest author discovery that I'm pretty passionate about.  I hope you'll give Sarah Addison Allen a try.  Let me know what you think, please!  In the meantime, here's a little magical bonus surprise for you.  From Sarah's webpage - - - - (this is just one of a few recipes she shares with you there - stop by her place for the others.  Her webpage is lovely and you'll enjoy spending a little time there  -

Garden Spells Recipes
(Be sure to use culinary flowers, never florist flowers.) 

rose petal -- encourages love...
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
4 Tbs unsalted butter
1/3 cup unsalted coarsely ground pistachio nuts
1 cup heavy cream
1 Tbs rose water
2 Tbs edible rose petals - finely shredded

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.   Combine and sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and cinnamon.   Cut in the butter and mix until crumbly.   Stir in the pistachios.   In a separate bowl, combine the cream and the rose water. Stir in the shredded rose petals.   Add the cream-rose mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until a soft dough forms. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.   Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.


Mason Canyon said...

I love the fact that I'm always finding 'new-to-me' authors from you. Thanks for the introduction to Sarah Addison Allen. I've seen her books about blogdom but didn't know much about her. I'll have to take a closer look now. Thanks and the recipe looks yummy.

Have a great holiday weekend.
Thoughts in Progress
Freelance Editing By Mason

Carol Murdock said...

Hi Kaye, I actually have two of these books on my TBR shelf,Sugar Queen and Garden Spells, since you recommend them so highly, I guess I should move them to the top of the shelf! Thanks!
I just discovered a "new to me " author also Wendy Corsi Staub and I'm loving her work! XO

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Well hey there you two! How nice to see you both!!! I'm still reading your blogs, but please forgive me for not leaving comments so often any more. Having only dial-up now that I've retired has messed with my internet chat time something awful. grrrrrr.

Mason, do try Sarah Addison Allen! Carol, do read those two that you have and I hope you'll both let me know what you think, please!

Happy Labor Day weekend to you both.


BPL Ref said...

I've done reviews of at least two of her books on our blog, including her most recent. Blogs are wonderful ways to introduce writers; I was persuaded to read Girl Who Chased the Moon by one of Lesa's reviews, then proceeded to read them all! I'm glad to see her promoted. I do love her books. Garden Spells remains my favorite with all the others tied for seoond. Thank you, Kaye!

Anonymous said...

This was very interesting -- and fattening too. Thanks!!