About this book
Dogwood is an extraordinary debut novel. Parnell writes in the pitch-perfect dialect of the American South as she tells the story of three girls growing up in Virginia. Crime, drug addiction, faith and — more than anything else — friendship, are the themes explored in the heat and dust of small-town Virginia.
About the author
Lindsay Parnell was raised in Virginia. Her short fiction has appeared in 3AM Magazine, The Prague Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Fem and others. She owns 13 editions of The Bell Jar and shares a birthday with Meryl Streep. Dogwood is her first novel.
“Parnell’s work is that rare beast – tender and brutal, beautiful and raw. Her prose sings off the page, though it’s with the voice of a debauched choir boy.”
— Heidi James, author of Wounding
“A compelling debut novel. Raw and violent, yet passionate, lyrical and beautifully written.”
— Vesna Goldsworthy, aauthor of Gorsky and Chernobyl Strawberries
“Lindsay Parnell’s dialogue has a startling and exciting immediacy. Her American South has its literary roots in Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty, but with a difference. Her characters swear a lot, smoke a lot, drink a lot, and do everything to believable excess. This is a really promising debut.”
— Paul Bailey, Booker-shortlisted author of Chapman’s Odyssey and The Prince’s Boy
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