Join author De’Shawn Charles Winslow as he discusses his novel, In West Mills, with Allison Wright, executive editor of Virginia Quarterly Review.

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, In West Mills is a big-hearted small-town story about family, friendship, migration, storytelling, and the redemptive power of love.

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“Winslow’s stellar debut follows the residents of a black neighborhood in a tiny North Carolina town over the course of several decades… Winslow has a finely tuned ear for the way the people of this small town talk, and his unpretentiously poetic prose goes down like a cool drink of water on a hot day.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“From the first page, Winslow establishes an uncanny authority and profound tone that belie the book’s debut status. The precision and charm of his language lure us in and soothe us…He paints a community so tightknit and thorough it becomes easy to forget the people in it don’t exist… Much of the story is told through dialogue, rich and truthful conversations among characters reminiscent of those in August Wilson’s plays, expressing so much more than what is on the surface.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Winslow’s quietly glorious novel is dedicated “To the reader,” and it engages on a level that’s appropriately intimate.”—The Boston Globe

Book cover of In West Mills

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