Upper School English teachers Julia Franks and Mark May-Beaver have shared the same writing group for years, and now their first books will be published within one month of each other.
Beaver’s book, Suburban Gospel, will be released April 1, and is a comic memoir about growing up in Bible Belt Atlanta of the 1980s. Author George Singleton has praised the book as “part comic strip character Ziggy, part Fast Times at Ridgemont High...funny, honest, and clear-sighted.”
Franks has written a novel, Over the Plain Houses, which is praised on the cover by two National Book Award winners, Charles Frazier and Tim O’Brien (available May 1). Her book, set in 1930s Appalachia, is the story of a farm wife on the run from her husband, a fundamentalist preacher who believes she is possessed by an evil spirit.
Both books are published by Hub City Press and will be nationally distributed.
In the April 2016 issue of Atlanta Magazine, both books were included in the spring reading list.