“Sheri Holman has an imagination that is both capacious and meticulous . . . [and] a restless adventurousness that is the mark of a born novelist. . . . Witches on the Road Tonight is a path into her work that beckons, with strange lights and mysterious apparitions.” Jane Smiley, The Los Angeles Review of Books
Witches on the Road Tonight,
best-selling author Sheri Holman’s most critically acclaimed novel to date, received stellar reviews across the nation, including two-page spreads by Cathleen Schine and Jane Smiley in The New York Review of Books
and The Los Angeles Review of Books
respectively. A New York Times
Editors’ Choice, this brilliant tale exposes the fears and lies that haunt several generations of an Appalachian family, taking readers deep into the backwoods of the Depression-era south and teasing out the dark compulsions and desperate longings that blur the line between love and betrayal.
As a child growing up in 1940’s rural Virginia
, Eddie Alley’s quiet life is rooted in the rumors of his mother’s witchcraft. But when he’s visited by a writer and glamorous photographer researching American folklore for the WPA, the spell of his mother’s unorthodox life is violently disrupted, and Eddie is inspired to pursue a future beyond the confines of his dead-end town.
He leaves for New York
and becomes a television horror-movie presenter beloved for his kitschy comedy. But Eddie cannot escape the guilty secrets of his childhood. When he opens his family’s door to a homeless teenager, the boy’s presence not only awakens something in Eddie, but also in his twelve-year- old daughter, Wallis, who has begun to feel a strange kinship to her notorious grandmother. As the ghost stories of one generation infiltrate the next, Wallis and Eddie grapple with the sins of the past to repair their misguided attempts at loyalty and redemption. Read an interview with Sheri Holman in the Wall Street Journal's "Speakeasy" blog