New from Alabama Author Watt Key
If you read and loved Alabama Moon, you know exactly who Watt Key is. He's an Alabama author who writes raw and riveting coming-of-age stories that appeal to both avid and reluctant readers. Alabama Moon won multiple awards, was translated into seven languages, and turned into a movie. The companion novel, Dirt Road Home, earned Mr. Key the ALLA's Author Award at the 2012 Alabama Library Association's convention here in Hoover. And his newest book, Fourmile, was released on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Check out this review from Publisher's Weekly, then check out the newest hit from Watt Key.
"Like Moon, the protagonist of Key’s Alabama Moon, 12-year-old country boy Foster is a rough-edged hero with a barrelful of troubles and a large, compassionate heart. Foster is still grieving the death of his father when his mother begins dating another man, Dax, who scares Foster “in a way I didn’t understand. Like somebody I’d find standing over my bed at night, closing those fingers around my throat.” To make matters worse, Foster’s mother wants to sell their rural Alabama farm, which her late husband “worked and saved ten years” to buy. Then a mysterious hiker named Gary shows up and offers to do some much-needed repairs. Spending his nights in the barn and his days fixing things, Gary wins the trust of Foster and his mother, but makes an enemy of Dax. As tensions between Gary and Dax mount, Key masterfully unveils secrets, leading up to an explosive climax that tests the courage of everyone involved. Suspenseful and introspective, Key’s novel is an intimate portrait of the messy complexities of modern small-town life."