Bookwatch: Kristy Woodson Harvey work draws attention

Kristy Woodson Harvey
Kristy Woodson Harvey Courtesy of the author

Like fellow Southern Book Prize finalist John Hart, Kristy Woodson Harvey grew up in Salisbury, but she now lives in Beaufort.

Less than a year after the publication of “Dear Carolina,” her successful debut, her second novel, “Lies and Other Acts of Love,” drew favorable attention and became a finalist for the Southern Book Prize.

It is a heart-rending account of four generations of an Eastern North Carolina family in transition. The two leading characters who tell the story are Lynn “Lovey” White, a grandmother whose husband is fading away after 60 years of marriage, and her granddaughter, Annabelle, who has changing ideas about who and what she wants in a husband.

Harvey’s book will entertain, challenge, and surprise its readers.

With her third novel, “Slightly South of Simple,” already on bookstore shelves, Harvey proves she is a prolific force among southern writers.

EDITOR’S NOTES: D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch” on Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on WUNC-TV. … Kristy Woodson Harvey talks about “Lies and Other Acts of Love” Sunday, June 18 at noon and Thursday, June 22 at 5 p.m.