Reading Wanting Radiance is like inhabiting the best country music song you've ever heard--the high lonesome, heartbroken, wanting and not having sort of song--with the added feature of a tough, smart guide who sees deep and who can say, "I ached with lonely and I wanted to be alone and I wanted nothing at all to do with my own self." And that's not the only brilliant sentence in this memorable novel. I loved reading it.
Josephine Humphries, Rich in Love
"Provocative, electric, occasionally heart-rending, occasionally hilarious, but always thoughtful and essential.”
~Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire
"Just the kind of story a shaman might have used, once upon a time, to unite the tribes again."
~Adam Elenbaas, Reality Sandwich
The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature
The Lit Life 2008 Novel of the Year
"A moving meditation on loss and memory and the rendering of truth and story."
~The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction
National Book Critics Circle Notable Book
"Powerful and haunting . . . a gutsy and innovative addition to regional literature."
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing