6/1 - A Virtual Author Event feat. Melanie K. Hutsell

Mail_8 Mon, 04/25/2022 - 1:53pm

Union Ave Books presents Melanie K. Hutsell and her new book, The Book of Susan

You must register for this free event here

If you would like your copy of The Book of Susan signed, please preorder here.


About the Author:

A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, Melanie K. Hutsell has been learning to live with bipolar disorder for more than fifteen years. The Book of Susan, from Paraclete Press, is her second novel. Her first, The Dead Shall Rise: A Tale of the Mountains, was published by Celtic Cat Publishing in 2016. Her short fiction has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Still: The Journal, The Madison Review, and elsewhere. Hutsell was selected as a Featured Author for Knoxville’s National Authors Day in 2019 and has appeared on WDVX’s WordStream series. An avid reader and music lover, she currently resides in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. You can find more information at her website melaniekhutsellauthor.wordpress.com.


About the Book:

Meet Dr. Susan Huffman: wife to chancery court judge Samuel Ellison, mother to adorable Ian, and college professor on track for tenure. She’s a woman who has always lived by her mind, with a plan and a purpose. But then new-in-town Lorraine Davis accepts an invitation to Susan and Samuel’s home, and the mysterious visions begin. Is God warning Susan about this newcomer? And if so, how can she protect her circle of friends, her family, and her life as she knows it? 

The Book of Susan is the spare and sympathetic recounting of a journey—from derailment, to diagnosis, to the discovery of a lifetime.

Praise for The Book of Susan:

“In The Book of Susan, Hutsell takes the mysteries of the highs and lows of bi-polar illness and skillfully intertwines them on the page. Written from the unique perspective of Susan—the one who discovers her diagnosis—it’s a page-turner of story and yet a book to be slowly studied for the genuine wisdom it reveals.”  —Katherine James, author of Can You See Anything Now? and A Prayer for Orion
“Profound and compulsively readable, The Book of Susan complexifies typical notions of Appalachia and offers us an unforgettable character in lyrical and accessible prose. Hutsell is a literary stylist who knows how to keep the reader in her grip.” —Silas House, author of Southernmost
“A riveting first-person account of a woman’s realization that she suffers from Bipolar I disorder. Hutsell’s protagonist accepts, overcomes, and reinvents her life through her newfound faith, discovered quite by accident due to the disease’s delusions. ‘God fled me on those days,’ she tells us when her illness begins to tear apart her carefully planned life. But Susan emerges transformed, and without sanctimony gives an account of the power of spiritual seeking to pick up the shattered pieces of life. Anyone who encounters a mental disorder in themselves or a loved one will be gripped by this powerful, raw, honest and intriguing voice.” —Rita Sims Quillen, author of Wayland

This event will be held on Zoom on June 1st at 7 pm.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
The Book of Susan: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640607675
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Paraclete Press - July 19th, 2022