Karen Osborn Centerville

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Karen Osborn is the author of three previous novels, Patchwork (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Between Earth and Sky, and The River Road. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her husband and teaches fiction writing at Mt. Holyoke College and Fairfield University. While growing up in the Midwest, she witnessed a bombing and the resulting conflagration in her small town.

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"A unique novel of smalltown America that begins with an explosion so wonderfully described you won't be able to put the book down. Karen Osborn combines considerable literary gifts with a storyteller's skills to produce the unforgettable Centerville."
Anita Shreve, author of Resistance, The Weight of Water, and Rescue

“It’s the summer of 1967; the news is awash with race riots and the escalating war in Vietnam. In the aftermath of a brutal and premeditated act of violence, the residents of a somnolent American town find themselves in a new world full of menace and fear. Karen Osborn’s deeply affecting novel Centerville keeps the incomprehensibility of evil always in focus, as her characters - young, old, brave, cowardly, driven by doubt, and committed to faith - struggle to find a way back to the innocence they once took for granted. In this subtle, beautifully written novel, the reader can almost hear the gates of paradise slamming closed on the American dream.”      
Valerie Martin is the author of nine novels, including Trespass,Mary Reilly, Italian Fever, and Property, three collections of short fiction, and a biography of St. Francis of Assisi, titled Salvation.


"Most writers would stumble over the top describing a blast that literally explodes the personality of a small town. In the hands of a master of craft, like Karen Osborn, devastation is rendered with devastating restraint. You may try to forget Centerville, but you never will." Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

"As with In Cold Blood or The Sweet Heareafter, Karen Osborn's beautifully written Centerville uses a single, horrific, small-town act of violence to dissect the values and morals of an entire culture—a culture that is at once violent and brutal, materialistic and superficial, yet capable of moments of heroism, compassion, and redemption. When a novel seems as if its subject isn't past at all but rather pulled right from America's latest cycle of mass murder and senseless carnage, and when that novel does it with Osborn's brilliant prose and deep insight into the dark alleys of our twisted nature, then we can rejoice that perhaps there’s still a chance, albeit a small one, for the human race."
Michael White, author of Beautiful Assassin and Soul Catcher

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In August 1967, with the country in controversy over Vietnam and race, George Fowler leaves a bomb in Greeley’s Drugstore on Main Street in Centerville, a small midwestern town. The blast and ensuing fire kill nearly all in the store, including George’s estranged wife, Joyce, who works there. As residents of the small town struggle with the event, Osborn (The River Road, 2002) focuses on a handful who experience guilt. Methodist minister William Edwards had married the Fowlers but forgotten about them until George Fowler comes seeking absolution, and Edwards’ failure in crisis reminds him of counseling a young parishioner, just drafted, to meet his obligation. Police officer and volunteer firefighter Jack Turnbow pulls two people out of the flames, yet he can’t forget not sufficiently helping his new partner, the first black on the force. Then there are the survivors who weren’t in the store solely by chance, including 14-year-old best friends Sandi Edwards and Bertha (“Bert”) Greeley. Osborn’s story, based on her witnessing such an explosion, is a compulsively readable account of the human experience of tragedy and the trauma of its aftermath. --Michele Leber

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