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Olympus, Texas

Stacey Swann

2 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A bighearted debut with technicolor characters, plenty of Texas swagger, and a powder keg of a plot in which marriages struggle, rivalries flare, and secrets explode, all with a clever wink toward classical mythology.

'The Iliad meets Friday Night Lights in this muscular, captivating debut'
Oprah Magazine

'A gorgeous debut that conjures one small town and the big emotions of its wealthiest family, the Briscoes, whose saga plays out over six days of pain, rage and love'
People, Best of Summer

'I read without breathing - OK, maybe I gasped - and I experienced the characters' grief and regret as if they were my own'
New York Times

'The novel is based on Greek myths but you don't need to know your Zeus from your Apollo to enjoy this saga full of deceit and drama'
Good Housekeeping

'Beautifully written and filled with atmosphere... a hugely accomplished debut'
Prima

'The most wildly entertaining novel I've read in a long time'
Richard Russo winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

When March Briscoe returns to East Texas two years after he was caught having an affair with his brother's wife, the Briscoe family becomes once again the talk of the small town of Olympus.

His mother, June, hardly welcomes him back with open arms. Her husband's own past affairs have made her tired of being the long-suffering spouse. Is it, perhaps, time for a change?

Within days of March's arrival, someone is dead, marriages are upended, and even the strongest of alliances are shattered. In the end, the ties that hold them together might be exactly what drag them all down.

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Praise for Olympus, Texas

  • Olympus, Texas is the most wildly entertaining novel I've read in a long time, and Stacey Swann is a writer to watch. - Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls

  • In this reimagining of the Greek pantheon along the Brazos river, Stacey Swann reveals the resonating wisdom of the ancients while situating us in a fully realized Texas family. The result is an uncanny twin-myth of modern Texas and ancient Greece that feels familiar and strange, loving and painful-like family itself. Olympus, Texas is an achievement of sustained brilliance, and an audacious opening to Swann's fated journey into the canon of greats. - Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek

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Stacey Swann

STACEY SWANN holds an MFA from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She is a native Texan.

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