{Guest Post} Kathryn Craft Talks About What Makes Great Book Club Fiction…

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Hello! Today, Kathryn Craft, THE FAR END OF HAPPY, is here to talk about book club books- and to give us some tips!

 

What Makes Great Book Club Fiction?
by Kathryn Craft

Long before I started writing fiction, I belonged to numerous book clubs. Talking about books is in fact my favorite way to get to know people, and when visiting a house for the first time, I am always drawn first to its bookcase. Add in a glass of wine and snacks and I believe you’ve created the very type of social event that caused the Girl Scouts to invent a hospitality badge. So it’s probably no shock that I was drawn to write this type of novel.

Have you ever shown up to book club, had a five-minute discussion about whodunit, and then abandoned the discussion for neighborhood gossip? Yeah, me too. Not every book makes a great book club pick, and when that happens—well, that’s why you have the snacks and the wine.

Here are some of the book qualities I’ve identified, through the years, that are bound to generate great book club discussion. Continue reading

Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Far End of Happy by Kathyrn Craft

 

 

the far end of happy

Photo Credit: Sourcebooks May 5th

Summary from Goodreads:

Twelve tense hours, three women, and the suicide standoff that turns one family’s little piece of heaven into a scene from hell

After enduring years of a struggling marriage, Ronnie Farnham has decided to divorce her husband and is beginning to hope for a happy future–until the morning Jeff is supposed to move out, when he locks himself in their barn with a rifle.

When a massive police presence arrives to control the 12-hour stand off, the women in Jeff’s life are pushed to their breaking points. Based on the author’s harrowing personal story, The Far End of Happy is a powerful novel about the way one man’s spiral towards life’s violent conclusion tests the resolve, love, and hope of the women he will leave behind.

 

Kathryn Craft’s latest book, THE FAR END OF HAPPY, will be in stores May 5th. While technically fiction, Kathryn is telling a story that has deep roots in fact- the story is based on her life with her husband- and how their life changed drastically and dramatically one day.

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