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 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?
But 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.
An expansive tour de force, Olympus, Texas combines the archetypes of Greek and Roman mythology with the psychological complexity of a messy family. After all, at some point, we all wonder: what good is this destructive force we call love?
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