When: Mon., March 13, 7 p.m. 2017
With the publication of his debut novel, The Barrowfields, Phillip Lewis has been lauded as an important new voice in fiction. Seven or so years in the writing, this coming-of-age tale, set in the small town of Old Buckram in the Appalachians, has earned Lewis comparisons with such masters of the genre—and fellow North Carolinians—as Thomas Wolfe and Reynolds Price. The story's narrator, Henry, grows up in a grand house in the barren, remote landscape of the title, in the thrall of a father forced by circumstance to return to the locus of his blighted childhood but blessed with the chance to write the novel that is his life's dream. The house is a spooky place where bad stuff happened long ago, and eventually, bad stuff starts happening there again. Henry manages to get away, but the pull of home and the shared elements of character that unite him and his father have an unshakeable grip.