True Stories at the Smoky View: A Novel

True Stories at the Smoky View: A Novel

by Jill McCroskey Coupe

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Overview

IPPY Gold Medal for Regional Fiction (South)

True Stories at the Smoky View is a wry, intricate novel about family and friendship, tyranny and justice. Although Vrai (short for Vraiment), an art history librarian in Baltimore, has not spoken to her friend Skip for over a year, after his sudden death, she dutifully takes his ashes and his dog home to his mother in Knoxville, Tennessee. Vrai has no idea why Skip stepped into traffic in Baltimore with his hands over his eyes, or why he so abruptly ended their longtime friendship.


After Skip’s service, Vrai rescues ten-year-old Jonathan, who has been abandoned in the funeral home parking lot. The Blizzard of 1993 soon strands this unlikely duo at the Smoky View Motel, where Jonathan, whose parents were assassinated by Pinochet’s henchmen, comes across clues pointing to a possible suspect in Skip’s death.


By the end of this story of mutual rescue, both Vrai’s and Jonathan’s lives have been changed forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631520518
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jill McCroskey Coupe’s first job was gathering (collating) in her father’s printing plant in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. A former librarian at Johns Hopkins University, she has an MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson College, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge. The Southern Appalachians will always feel like home to her, but so does Baltimore, where she has lived for more than thirty years.

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