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Bohemian Gospel


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Dana Chamblee Carpenter is the award-winning author of short fiction that has appeared in The Arkansas Review, Jersey Devil Press, and Maypop. Her debut novel, Bohemian Gospel, won Killer Nashville's 2014 Claymore Award. She teaches creative writing and American Literature at a private university in Nashville, TN, where she lives with her husband and two children.


"A deliciously creepy debut. Carpenter's vivid imagination creates a well-rounded, sympathetic heroine and an intricate world full of terrifying details. The volatility of the evil forces threatening Mouse's world makes for an unpredictable journey." -- Publishers Weekly "Part history, part horror, part love story, part Christian mythology. Fresh and surprising. There will be some comparisons to Kostova's The Historian, and like that novel, this one does a good job of interweaving history with mythology and the supernatural, offering a new take on somewhat familiar themes. Brings the Dark Ages to strange and bewitching life." -- Kirkus Reviews "A grand, thought-provoking adventure in sorrow, joy and magic. One of the most intriguing novels you'll read this year. An unforgettable debut with an enchanting, compelling lead." -- J. T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of What Lies Behind "Like a rushing river, Bohemian Gospel flows bright, dappled with a patina of legend, and has a current that runs deep and wonderfully dark. The reader will be swept along in this bold debut." -- Mark Richard, author of The Ice at the Bottom of the World "Carpenter deftly plays with readers' expectations throughout the novel. The book's opening gives every indication that this will be a Cinderella story: the tale of a young, handsome king who rescues a nameless orphan and who is in turn rescued by her. But in Bohemian Gospel, this scenario is only the beginning of a long, complicated relationship. Carpenter's debut runs readers through the gamut of emotions, hoping against hope for a happy ending in a time and place where endings tend to be anything but happy." -- Chapter 16 "The strength of Carpenter's promising debut is its unusual Central European medieval setting and protagonist. Those who enjoy historical fiction with a paranormal twist such as Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian may find this book of interest." -- Library Journal "Bohemian Gospel is a fast-moving, seductive read. A fascinating mix of dark fantasy and rich historical detail, swirling around Mouse, a fiercely independent, brave young woman who struggles with a gift that is both a blessing and a curse." -- Linda Lafferty, author of The Bloodletter's Daughter "One of the best novels I've read in years. Wonderful writing, great characters, a fantastic story-everything a reader of historical fiction could want." -- Philip Freeman, author of Saint Brigid's Bones "A thoroughly enjoyable read - gripping and exciting with a wonderful and intriguing central character in the enigmatic Mouse and a sting-in-the-tail ending that is a genuine surprise. We will be hearing much more from Dana Chamblee Carpenter in the future." -- Diana Bretherick, author of City of Devils "This entrancing and suspenseful story pulls you in as if you were reading a Grimm's fairy tale but with a strong, complex yet vulnerable woman at its core. A page-turner of eerie shivers and supernatural questions." -- Nancy Bilyeau, author of The Crown "A riveting, spell-binding tale that brings 13th century Europe vividly to life." -- S.D. Sykes, author of Plague Land

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