True Stories at the Smoky View: A Novel

True Stories at the Smoky View: A Novel

by Jill McCroskey Coupe
True Stories at the Smoky View: A Novel

True Stories at the Smoky View: A Novel

by Jill McCroskey Coupe


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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.

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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

Award-winning author Jill McCroskey Coupe’s novels, Beginning with Cannonballs (2020) and True Stories at the Smoky View (2016), depict unlikely friendships and have been reviewed in such disparate sources as Library Journal, Booklist, Necessary Fiction, and Smoky Mountain Living. Her master's degrees—an MFA in Fiction and an MLS (Library Science)—are dead giveaways: she has always loved books. A former librarian at Johns Hopkins University, Jill recently moved from Maryland to Vermont. Please visit her online at

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