Books by Michael Parker

In 1996 Michael Parker was a finalist for Granta’s “20 best American fiction writers under 40.” He is the author of Hello Down There, a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the PEN/ Hemingway award; The Geographical Cure, winner of the Sir Walte


ALL I HAVE IN THIS WORLD by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2014

"Smart writing undone by an overly engineered conceit."
Two hard-luck cases come together in West Texas over a homely but storied 1984 Buick Electra. Read full book review >
YOU ARE A STAR! by Michael Parker
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A twinkling delight for bedtime and storytime. (star facts) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Star light, star bright…a child takes a lyrical journey to the heavens and discovers she's a star—in the best possible way. Read full book review >
THE WATERY PART OF THE WORLD by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2011

"A vividly imagined historical tale of isolated lives.  "
The outer banks of North Carolina is the setting for two darkly linked tales spanning 150 years, both inspired by real-life events: the disappearance of disgraced former vice president Aaron Burr's daughter after her ship is battered by a storm off the Carolina coast—and possibly taken over by pirates—and the evacuation of a tiny island by its last three townspeople, including two elderly female descendents of Theodosia Burr Alston. Read full book review >
DON’T MAKE ME STOP NOW by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2007

"Overall: solid, carefully composed glimpses into domestic dysfunction."
A collection chock-full of breakups and breakdowns—just about everybody here is in the midst of a downward spiral or unwittingly beginning one. Read full book review >
IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2005

"Parker does a fine job exploring Joel's pain, but the overworked music/love connection is not enough to give his story ballast. "
Soul music acts as a lifeline for a tormented adolescent whose family is disintegrating. Read full book review >
TOWNS WITHOUT RIVERS by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2001

"Parker takes southern gothic clichés and turns them on their heads: a powerfully original work."
A large-scale, romantic sequel to Parker's debut novel, Hello Down There (1993), follows two siblings searching for each other across America as the 1960s begin. Read full book review >
THE GEOGRAPHICAL CURE by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

Geography is both cure and curse in Parker's second book (after Hello Down There, 1993), a collection of short fiction set in the modern South. His protagonists must often struggle with the burdens of the past as they are tempted by spontaneity, danger, and wanderlust. Read full book review >

HELLO DOWN THERE by Michael Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

Southern writer and first-timer Parker combines a lyrical style with a fully articulated social world—in a tale of love and betrayal, ambivalence and desire, and guilt and addiction. Set in small-town 1950's North Carolina, this sordid melodrama transcends its pulpy roots in period novels of drug addiction. Read full book review >