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Chapel of Ease (#4 Tufa)

Alex Bledsoe



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Tor U.K.
17 March 2020
Fantasy; Myth & legend told as fiction; Fairy Tale; Mythological Creatures, People & Places; Urban Fantasy
Many songs have been told about the Good Folk of Celtic mythology, but Alex Bledsoe weaves fairy tales unlike any other: all set in the mythic and southern gothic-tinged foothills of Appalachia.

When Matt Johansson, a gay actor from New York, auditions for the off-Broadway musical, Chapel of Ease, he knows it is the opportunity of a lifetime-especially after he befriends the show's composer, Ray Parrish. Misfortune strikes, however, when Ray mysteriously dies just as the show reaches its peak buzz during previews. Taking Ray's ashes home to Tennessee, Matt is determined to find closure and figure out the musical's core mystery: what lies under the floor of the chapel of ease? Among Ray's people, the enigmatic Tufa clan, Matt encounters new love and unexpected surprises, both magical and mundane.
By:   Alex Bledsoe
Imprint:   Tor U.K.
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   4
Dimensions:   Height: 207mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   283g
ISBN:   9780765376572
ISBN 10:   0765376571
Series:   Tufa
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   17 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

ALEX BLEDSOE is the critically-acclaimed author of the Tufa novels, starting with The Hum and the Shiver, as well as the Eddie LaCrosse series. He grew up in west Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (birthplace of Tina Turner). Before becoming a full-time writer, Alex has also been a reporter, editor, photographer and door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. alexbledsoe.com

Reviews for Chapel of Ease (#4 Tufa)

With his subtle, character-driven approach, Bledsoe skillfully fuses music, legend, and regional atmosphere to create something that feels like an unexplored corner of American mythology. - Publishers Weekly Always effectively subtle in how it employs the supernatural, with music central to the magic of the Tufa. --Library Journal A fine installment in the popular series and a fine way for newcomers to join in the fun. --Booklist This book is a graceful merging of magic and mundane that charmed me to my core. --Bookworm Blues A fun, fascinating read that revels in elements of folklore, magic realism, and just good old fashioned suspense and interpersonal drama. -- Our Lives Magazine (Madison, WI) Praise for the Tufa books: Long Black Curl makes me so happy that there are authors writing real North American-based mythic fiction...one that sits so well it feels like it's always been a part of us. --Charles de Lint Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways. --Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author, on Wisp of a Thing Captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods. --Library Journal, starred review, on Wisp of a Thing It's no secret that music stirs the soul, and combining that with a folk-tale setting makes a deeply heart-rending novel. --RT Book Reviews (four stars) on Long Black Curl Haunting. . . . It's a mixture: folk tales and folk songs, updated with a dose of Sex and the City. Or, you might say, a rustic version of 'urban fantasy, ' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade. --The Wall Street Journal on The Hum and the Shiver A lot of fun. --Booklist on Long Black Curl

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