Books by David Payne

BAREFOOT TO AVALON by David Payne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A powerful, above-average literary memoir."
Ruminations on family and success, in the context of a fraternal tragedy. Read full book review >
BACK TO WANDO PASSO by David Payne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"Basically defining 'sweeping saga,' this Southern tearjerker is heaven for die-hard romantics."
Rock-'n'-roll, Charleston by moonlight, passion dangerous and doomed, the specter of slavery and misty memories of blasted Confederate bravado, all sung in a key of high rhapsody: Could a novel be more Dixie-fried? Read full book review >
GRAVESEND LIGHT by David Payne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Payne's portrait of Little Roanoke's fishing community is rich and convincing. And he has a marvelous character in Bristow: a complex, embittered man who masks his essential decency under a veneer of bigotry and toughness. Too bad his main players are so much less fascinating."
Payne returns to the North Carolina landscape of Early from the Dance (1983) and Ruin Creek (1993) for a labored melodrama set in the Outer Banks: The Prince of Tides meets The Perfect Storm—a painful family history and problematic love affair culminating in a hurricane-force gale. Read full book review >
RUIN CREEK by David Payne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"No heartstring is left unplucked in this emotional feast, but the melodramatic excess is accompanied by moments of profound psychological insight and strikingly visual prose, making the story at once painful to endure and difficult to put down."
A probing and powerful but relentlessly blow-by-blow study of a North Carolina family in crisis during the 1950's, as a man's dreams fail to reconcile themselves with his fatherly duties—in a third novel from Payne (Early From the Dance, 1989; Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, 1984). Read full book review >