“The Postmaster’s Daughter is a haunting southern requiem that will play in your mind long after the book has closed.”
—Paula Wall, author of The Rock Orchard and The Wilde Women
When a marriage proposal brings together two families in East Tennessee, the wealthy and powerful Cantrells and the hardworking and respected Putnams, everyone is shocked by a sudden murder that halts the union. Sharon Mabry’s first novel, The Postmaster’s Daughter, is a literary fiction performance that shows Mabry’s ear for character details and her ability to weave a murder plot that keeps the reader’s interest on the stage of the novel. The Postmaster’s Daughter not only leads you into the working kitchen and tastes of cinnamon buns made by Viege Putnam, but it also takes you for a ride in Jack Cantrell’s ‘29 Model J Duesenberg Phaeton. Mabry arranges each scene and action with precision.
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Library of Congress Control Number: 2022940406
6 x 9 Paperback, 240 pages
Publication Date: October 20, 2022
Suggested retail price: $17.99
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“Sharon Mabry's The Postmaster's Daughter is satisfying on every level: her characters
are rich, the suspense is gripping, the revelations are juicy, the twists are unpredictable. The story is taut the entire way through, fast-paced, and hard to put down. The
Postmaster's Daughter is moody and suspenseful and filled with characters who brim
with vulnerability and poignancy. With an outcome that is unexpected and manages to
be hopeful without being precious, the novel is an exploration of how the crimes and
secrets of the past influence the future and bares our lack of ability to prevent them from
coming full circle.”—Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo, author of Talking Underwater
“A young girl with an otherworldly aptitude for telling stories, a house full of sisters and
brothers who might have grown up next door to Louisa Mae Alcott, a stable of classic
automobiles, all described with a fitting reverence ... and murder. If that isn’t enough, try keeping to your diet after reading Sharon Mabry’s descriptions of southern cooking in
The Postmaster’s Daughter. There’s something here for anyone who loves to read a
book on a rainy afternoon.”—Barry Kitterman, author of From the San Joaquin: Stories
“The Putnams and the Cantrells: two very different families whose lives are torn apart
over the murder of a young woman. This southern mystery becomes more complicated
with each chapter as elements of region, family, and sordid intrigue slowly heat to a boil.
Sharon Mabry’s The Postmaster’s Daughter is beautifully written in a clearly Southern
gothic tradition. Mabry is a natural storyteller and has a distinctive, southern style that
may remind readers of Flannery O’Connor or Susan Glaspell. Her rolling descriptions
and emphasis on interwoven storytelling has the reader hearing characters’ southern
accents and leaning in to hear the many stories they tell.
Readers will want to pour some sweet tea and sit down for a spell with Mabry’s The
Postmaster’s Daughter.”—Khristeena Lute, author of Finding Grace and Grit
Prior to novel-writing, Mabry, who is an award-winning mezzo-soprano soloist and recording artist, premiered works by more than forty composers and made nine critically acclaimed recordings. She was a featured writer for the NATS Journal of Singing. Her book reviews and featured articles on women composers have appeared in several major music journals. She is the author of two books about music, Exploring Twentieth-Century Vocal Music (Oxford University Press, 2002, 2009) and The Performing Life: A Singer’s Guide to Survival (Scarecrow Press, Rowman and Littlefield, 2012).
Mabry holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University, the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from George Peabody College/Vanderbilt University, and a performance certificate from the prestigious Franz-Schubert-Institut in Austria.
In addition to her concert career, Mabry established a long tenure as professor of music at Austin Peay State University, where she received the university’s highest award for creativity (the Richard M. Hawkins Award) and for teaching (the Distinguished Professor Award). Sharon Mabry is an East Tennessee native, having grown up in Newport, Tennessee. She currently lives in Clarksville, TN. The Postmaster’s Daughter is her first novel (October 2022).
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