Bren McClain to talk about her book
Acclaimed new author, Bren McClain, will visit the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m., as part of the release of her novel, “One Good Mama Bone.” The novel, published only five months ago, is McClain’s first.
Set in early 1950’s rural South Carolina, “One Good Mama Bone” chronicles Sarah Creamer’s quest to find her “mama bone,” after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own. When her husband dies, Sarah, a dirt-poor homemaker with no family to rely on and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and her young child to survive.
Even before it was published, the work attracted a good deal of attention, being considered for Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Award for a Novel-in-Progress.
Bren McClain was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, on a beef cattle and grain farm, a setting not far from the setting of her novel. She has a degree in English from Furman University and a career in communications.
She is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship by the South Carolina Arts Commission.
Author Mary Alice Monroe says, “One Good Mama Bone is everything that Bren (McClain) is – smart, confident, unflinchingly honest, witty, wise, and possessing a reassuring wisdom and kindness that carries the reader from the story’s heartbreaking beginnings to a morally and emotionally satisfying conclusion. McClain’s debut novel is a tour de force! . . . This is a novel that just might break your heart, and it might well heal it too, but with both acts Bren McClain will remind you of why each of us is entrusted with a heart in the first place.”
“One Good Mama Bone,” will be available for sale prior to McClain’s 6 p.m. address in the Joe Stukes Room of the Florence Library. Afterwards, she will be available for questions and for book signings. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Learn more about Bren McClain at her website: http://www.brenmcclain. com.
For information about the event, go to www.florencelibrary.org, mwiser@ florencelibrary.org or 843-413-7065.