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About the Author

Kent Wascom is the author of The New Inheritors, Secessia, and The Blood of Heaven. He was born in New Orleans and raised in Pensacola, Florida. The Blood of Heaven was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and NPR. It was a semifinalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan Award for First Fiction. Wascom was awarded the 2012 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize for Fiction and selected as one of Gambit's 40 Under 40. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he directs the Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University.


Praise for Kent Wascom:

"One of the darkest, most compelling writerly imaginations around."--New Orleans Advocate

"[Wascom's] style and subjects echo great Southern writers like William Faulkner and Harry Crews, continuing a tradition of recounting terrible things in deliriously beautiful language."--Tampa Bay Times

"Wascom is a careful student of history, and his portraits of America are riven with many of its seamier episodes . . . Wascom makes an art of illuminating the many ways that America's history belies the vaunted ideals on which it was founded."--Washington Independent Review of Books

"Family drama and love story, Wascom's latest is evidence of an evolving talent. Look for more."--Kirkus Reviews, on The New Inheritors

"Unfurling one fine sentence after another, The New Inheritors is like some magnificent dream ship from the past set to churn the waves of the present, bound for blood and beauty, and for the breaking of heads and hearts."--Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome

"The landscape, grand and melancholy, comes alive in Kent Wascom's The New Inheritors, shaping the characters and the history of the Gulf in illuminating ways, showing readers how much place and history can tell us about who we are."--Chantel Acevedo, author of The Distant Marvels and The Living Infinite

"Smoke is still rising off Kent Wascom's spectacular debut, The Blood of Heaven, but this young author is already roaring back with a sequel [Secessia] . . . Wascom is one of the most exhilarating historical novelists in the country."--Ron Charles, Washington Post

"Wascom has been likened to Faulkner and McCarthy, and his fire-breathing, idiosyncratic style stands up to that comparison. Secessia should be greeted with trumpets and fanfare. I haven't read a novel this exciting in a long, long time."--Valerie Martin, author of The Ghost of the Mary Celeste and Property

"Wascom is a craftsman, and each of his lengthy, winding sentences shimmers with the tang of blood and bone and sweat, and the archaic splendor of his language."--Boston Globe

"I truly can count on the fingers of one hand the number of first novels that have ever excited me this much. Wascom made me think at times of Cormac McCarthy, Charles Frazier and William Gay, but his vision is very much his own, as is his extraordinary voice . . . This book is pure gold."--Steve Yarbrough, on The Blood of Heaven

"Mr. Wascom's writing rolls from the page in torrents, like the sermon of a revivalist preacher in the grip of inspiration. You can't help listening, no matter how wicked the message."--Wall Street Journal

"With its setting, its violence-driven plot and its resonant and often harshly beautiful language, The Blood of Heaven evokes comparison to the work of Cormac McCarthy. Its mordant humor and its exploration of slavery and violence as the tragic flaws at the heart of American history--as well as its awareness of what hellish danger awaits those who are sure God is on their side--recall such writers as William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and Mark Twain . . . Kent Wascom is a striking new voice in American fiction."--Miami Herald