In 2008, in Issue 2, Superstition Review published Kat Meads’ essay “Relativism: The Size of the Tsar in Vegas.” We were honored for her contribution, and we are now very happy to share the news of her recently released novel.
when the dust finally settles
by Kat Meads
A novel about land, loyalty and racial politics in the 1968 South
Ravenna Press, September 2011
Advance Praise for when the dust finally settles:
When anyone asks if Southern Literature has a future in our internet, iPhone, jet-lagged, speed-of-light world, I point them to Kat Meads. Her fiction is Southern through and through even as it embraces the dilemmas and contradictions of 21st century life. Simply put, you must read Kat Meads.
—Jason Sanford, Founding Editor, storySouth
Kat Meads’ writing is keen and precise; her stories, populous and lively. In when the dust finally settles, she employs a staccato, rhythmic prose in the service of a narrative both beautifully imagined and wildly exotic. when the dust finally settles will keep you up nights reading its propulsive story, but will also reward the reader who loves finely crafted sentences and pitch-perfect dialogue.
—Corey Mesler, author of Following Richard Brautigan
In The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan, Kat Meads created a 1950’s-era Scarlett O’Hara in eastern North Carolina. Now, in when the dust finally settles, she speaks through Faulknerian voices as white and black members of her small eastern North Carolina community desegregate the schools in the 1960’s. Meads’ Clarence Carter, speaking from the dead, provides a surprisingly upbeat (and humorous) perspective on the events unfolding in the community he has not yet quite left. The other voices, young and old, share Clarence’s openness to change—a refreshingly different Southern story.
—Dr. Margaret D. Bauer, Rives Chair of Southern Literature, East Carolina University;
Editor, North Carolina Literary Review
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8 thoughts on “Announcing: Kat Meads”
Wonderful, congratulations to Kat Meads, I enjoyed reading through Relativism: The Size of the Tsar in Vegas, featured in issue 2. She is a wonderful writer.
Congratulations to Kat Meads! I think there is definitely an interest in Southern literature, based on the popularity of “The Help” book and movie.
So great to see that Superstition Review worked as a wonderful stepping stone for Meads! Hats off to her!
When the Dust Finally Settles sounds incredible. I’ll keep an eye out for it at the bookstore I work at!
It’s good to see the achievements of authors who have been published by Superstition Review. I think Kat Meads’ novel is very timely, given the popularity of The Help in theatres this summer.
Congrats to Kat Meads! I can’t wait to read the new novel.
I look forward to picking up this novel. The South in that time period is so fascinating, especially with all of the social, political, and cultural changes taking place. Should be a great read.
I haven’t read any of her work but I will have to check it out!
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