Hell is a Place Called Home: Setting as Character
Small towns in fiction are rife with characters who function as foils for friends and neighbors, but they’re not the only antagonists at play. Join author Kelly J. Ford for a discussion on how the fictional town of Drear’s Bluff, Arkansas, played a pivotal role in her novel Cottonmouths–where “home” acts as a pressure cooker on class, sexuality, and circumstance, pushing characters to their boiling points.
About Kelly J. Ford
Kelly J. Ford is the author of Cottonmouths, named one of 2017’s best books of the year by the Los Angeles Review and featured in “52 Books in 52 Weeks” in the Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in Post Road Magazine, Black Heart Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and Knee-Jerk Magazine. She is an instructor for GrubStreet Writing Center and an IT project manager. She also appears on Grepcast, a biweekly technology podcast. Kelly is Arkansas bred and Boston based.