Olympus, Texas


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$26.95  $25.06
Doubleday Books
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5.9 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.38 pounds

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About the Author

STACEY SWANN holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals, and she is a contributing editor of American Short Fiction. She is a native Texan.


Olympus, Texas is the most wildly entertaining novel I've read in a long time, and Stacey Swann is a writer to watch."
--Richard Russo, author of Chances Are . . .

Olympus, Texas is sheer delight: hilarious, heartbreaking, true. I loved this novel.
--Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Jetsetters

The endearing characters of Olympus, Texas gallop through a plot luscious with secrets and scandals. Escape to Olympus for the rollicking fun. Stay for the heartbreakingly lyrical writing and tender message about the enduring gift that is family love.
--Sarah Bird, best-selling author of Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

An uncanny twin-myth of modern Texas and ancient Greece that feels familiar and strange, loving and painful--like family itself. Olympus, Texas is an achievement of sustained brilliance, and an audacious opening to Swann's fated journey into the canon of greats.
--Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek

Here is a lightning field of a novel: enthralling, vast, dark, bright, beautiful and dangerous. I was hypnotized by it. Stacey Swann is an unforgettable force, and Olympus, Texas will carry you and embrace you with all its heart, strength, and hope.
--Paul Yoon, author of Run Me to Earth

A moving and exhilarating debut! With exquisite prose and unerring pace, Swann guides us through the strained-loyalties, love affairs, and violent disasters of a rural Texas town populated by characters as vibrant and compelling as the ancient gods they echo. Swann masterfully crafts both soul-stirring moments of connection and gasp-out-loud action--often on the same page. With the wit of Flannery O'Connor and the emotional scope of Donna Tartt, Swann sings family in all its painful, riveting beauty. I love this novel!
--Owen Egerton, author of Hollow and The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God

A remarkable debut. Olympus, Texas is a gripping, big-hearted epic, full of characters you may recognize and will absolutely remember.
--Jennifer duBois, author of The Spectators

A total page-turner. Swann's debut is rich in Texas flavor and full of nods to classical mythology--quotes from Ovid, twins human and canine, and the kind of relentless bad luck that usually means you've offended a deity.
--Kirkus (starred review)

Luminous...This epic makes the most of its vivid Texan setting, becoming as well a love letter to the state's rugged beauty and homegrown familiarity...This teems with skillfully evoked drama and tragedy.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Olympus, Texas portrays the messy realities of modern relationships and blended families...Swann immerses readers in small-town life while generously endowing each character with depth and agency...Rich and compelling."
--Booklist (starred review)

Fans of mythology will enjoy spotting the tragic parallels between Swann's characters and the Greek and Roman gods...Swann's prose is deeply descriptive and her characters heartfelt, but it all boils down to whether anyone in this family can get past their selfish feelings, unrestrained passions and bottled-up anger long enough to forgive each other.

"[Swann] possesses a distinctive voice, a Southern style of storytelling as befits Baja Louisiana. East Texas, in all its primordial, primeval, practically biblical glory [is] the fitting setting for the fictional Olympus and the sins of its minor deities...Tucked inside the action of each day [are] origin stories (a Greek chorus, if you will)--of rage and broken hearts and mistakes and youthful promises impossible to keep--offering explanations for the now-fraught relationships that lend much to the richness of these characters...Swann is skillful at foreshadowing unseemly mysteries, laugh-out-loud dialogue, and extracting maximum texture from analogies without being wordy... This debut novel is a great combination of rollicking entertainment and timeless philosophical questions--a big, messy family saga about home and love and how we mere mortals fail each but try, try again."
--Lone Star Literary Life