Books by Karen Salyer McElmurray

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2004

"Labored, self-indulgent womb-gazing."
Novelist McElmurray (Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, 1999) recounts in overwrought prose how she gave up her newborn son for adoption and lived to regret it. Read full book review >
STRANGE BIRDS IN THE TREE OF HEAVEN by Karen Salyer McElmurray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1999

"Perhaps overindebted to such literary predecessors as Joyce Carol Oates's early novels and William Styron's Lie Down in Darkness, but nevertheless a strongly imagined and skillfully executed debut performance."
Intense characterizations and strikingly apt imagery distinguish this lushly rhetorical first novel set in Kentucky's coal-mining region, the work of a prizewinning short-story writer. Read full book review >