Prologue: "Fallen Land" by Taylor Brown

Jan 19, 2016

On Monday, February 8th Ben Steelman of the StarNews will talk to writer Taylor Brown about his debut novel Fallen Land. Brown's novel has been named as an Indie Next and is an Okra Pick selection. Join us for the conversation in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery at 7 PM.

Monday, February 8, 7 PM

WHQR's MC Erny Gallery

About the Author:

Taylor Brown grew up on the Georgia coast.  His fiction has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The North Carolina Literary Review, The Southwest Review, The Baltimore ReviewChautauqua, The New GuardCutBankstorySouth, and many others. He is the recipient of a Montana Prize in Fiction, and he’s been a finalist for the Press 53 Open Awards, Machigonne Fiction Contest, Wabash Prize in Fiction, Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest, and Doris Betts Fiction Prize.  He is the author of In the Season of Blood and Gold (Press 53, 2014) and Fallen Land (St. Martin’s Press, 2016).  Taylor, an Eagle Scout, graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005.  He settled in Wilmington, NC, after long stints in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and the mountains of North Carolina.  He is the editor-in-chief of, and he enjoys old motorcycles, thunderstorms, and White Dog Mash #1.

About the Novel:

Fallen Land is Taylor Brown's debut novel set in the final year of the Civil War, as a young couple on horseback flees a dangerous band of marauders who seek a bounty reward. Callum, a seasoned horse thief at fifteen years old, came to America from his native Ireland as an orphan. Ava, her father and brother lost to the war, hides in her crumbling home until Callum determines to rescue her from the bands of hungry soldiers pillaging the land, leaving destruction in their wake. Ava and Callum have only each other in the world and their remarkable horse, Reiver, who carries them through the destruction that is the South. Pursued relentlessly by a murderous slave hunter, tracking dogs, and ruthless ex-partisan rangers, the couple race through a beautiful but ruined land, surviving on food they glean from abandoned farms and the occasional kindness of strangers. In the end, as they intersect with the scorching destruction of Sherman's March, the couple seek a safe haven where they can make a home and begin to rebuild their lives. Dramatic and thrillingly written with an uncanny eye for glimpses of beauty in a ravaged landscape, Fallen Land is a love story at its core, and an unusually assured first novel by award-winning young author Taylor Brown.