Parnassus Books is excited to welcome Michael Knight as he reads from and signs Eveningland.
With Eveningland, Knight returns to the form that launched his career, delivering an arresting collection of interlinked stories set among the "right kind of Mobile family" in the years preceding the devastating Hurricane Raphael in 2012. In paying homage to his home state of Alabama, Knight tells the stories of a place and its people to which he has a personal connection, but that have universal appeal.
Eveningland captures with crystalline prose and perfect authenticity of place the ways in which ordinary life astounds us with its complexity. A teenaged girl with a taste for violence holds a burglar hostage in her house on New Year’s Eve; a middle aged couple examines the intricacies of their marriage as they prepare to throw a party; and a real estate mogul in the throes of grief buys up all the property on an island only to be accused of madness by his daughters. Told with economy and precision, infused with humor and pathos, these stories brilliantly excavate the latent desires and motivations that drive life forward.
Michael Knight is the author of the novels The Typist and Divining Rod; the short-story collections Dogfight and Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody; and the novella The Holiday Season. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville with his family.