The Fresh Fiction Podcast

Conversations about what you’re reading, what you’re watching, and what you’re listening to

E0101: unREAL, Atlanta, and Valerie Fraser Luesse

Posted on March 6th, 2018

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Fresh Fiction Podcast. We'd like to thank Revell Books for sponsoring our series. You will hear a lot about this wonderful publisher as the episodes release, but you should know they have some of the sweetest, most captivating un-put-downable books available for you to try out. Today our featured book is MISSING ISAAC, the debut novel from Southern Living Magazine Travel Editor Valerie Fraser Luesse. We talked about her research, writing about the American south in the 1960s, and why she thinks this book resonates so much with modern readers.


Also, Gwen recommends the new seasons of unREAL and ATLANTA and the BLACK PANTHER soundtrack in the rundown.


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Set in rural Alabama in the 1960s, Missing Isaac tells the captivating story of a black field hand, Isaac Reynolds, who goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople’s reactions range from concern to indifference. But one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his


White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. Before it's all over, Pete and the people he loves most will discover more than they bargained for—including unexpected love and difficult truths about race and class.

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