The Committee

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Akashic Books, Ltd.
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Sterling Watson is the author of eight novels, including Deadly Sweet, Sweet Dream Baby, Fighting in the Shade, and Suitcase City. Watson's short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, the Georgia Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Southern Review. He was director of the creative writing program at Eckerd College for twenty years and now teaches in the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Boston. Of his sixth novel, Suitcase City, Tom Franklin said, "If this taut literary crime novel doesn't center Sterling Watson on the map, we should change maps." Watson lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Watson has written a fine, eloquent, powerful book and its message will remain timely. Let us heed its warning even as we savor the story so well told in its pages.-- "Southern Literary Review"
In this sharply crafted novel, his seventh, [Watson] re-creates the era with rich detail and a creeping sense of dread . . . The Committee is the kind of story that makes you hope it can't happen here--but reminds you that it already has.-- "Tampa Bay Times"
[Watson] does an excellent job of portraying a time, place, and culture without assigning contemporary values where they didn't exist . . . The dialogue is realistic, and the pacing, especially toward the end, is quick and intense. Any reader wanting a history lesson wrapped in a compelling, believable novel will find much to contemplate here.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Whether he's stoking his narrative or letting his mind wander, Watson writes crisp, beautiful prose.-- "Booklist"
The Committee is a triumph of historical fiction--and a warning from our past. Sterling Watson swiftly and elegantly anchors the reader in an era that many would love to forget, and then reminds us of the humanity within the history. Watson is the rare writer who can address the big ideas--politics and power, love and hate, fear and freedom--without ever losing sight of the characters at the story's heart.--Michael Koryta, New York Times best-selling author of How It Happened