Mesha Maren returns to The Country Bookshop for her latest force in fiction

The Country Bookshop welcomes Mesha Maren back for a free author event in celebration of her latest book Shae. Copes of the books will be available for sale at the event. 

Please click HERE to register for the FREE event. 

Mesha Maren is the author of the novels Sugar Run and Perpetual West (Algonquin Books). Her short stories and essays can be read in Tin HouseThe Oxford AmericanThe Guardian, CrazyhorseTriquarterly, The Southern Review, Ecotone, Sou'westerHobartForty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, an Appalachian Writing Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She was the 2018-2019 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an Associate Professor of the Practice of English at Duke University.


About Shae When sixteen-year-old Shae meets Cam, who is new to their small town in West Virginia, she thinks she has found someone who is everything she has ever wanted in a companion. The two become fast friends, and then more. And when Shae ends up pregnant, Cam begins a different transition--trying on clothes that Shae can no longer fit into and using female pronouns. Shae tries to be fully supportive as Cam becomes the person she wants and needs to be. After a traumatic C-section and the birth of their daughter, Eva, Shae is given opioids to manage the intense pain. During the first year of Eva's life, Shae's dependence shifts from pain management to addiction, and her days begin to revolve around getting more pills. In the heart of West Virginia, opioids are dispensed as freely as candy, and Shae is just one of many to fall victim to addiction. Meanwhile, as Cam continues to transition, she embraces new relationships and faces the reality of being a trans woman in rural America. Shae is as much about these two young women as it is about the home they both love despite its limitations. Following the acclaimed Sugar Run and Perpetual West, this is Mesha Maren's most intense and intimate novel yet.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Event address: 
140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
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Shae: A Novel By Mesha Maren Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643755663
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 21st, 2024

From “a highest-order storyteller of Southern noir” (Electric Literature), a queer coming-of-age novel about addiction, belonging, and loving a place that doesn't always love you back.

When sixteen-year-old Shae meets Cam, who is new to their small town in West Virginia, she thinks she has found someone who is everything she has ever wanted in a compani

Sugar Run: A Novel By Mesha Maren Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209810
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 8th, 2019

“A heady admixture of explosive plot and taut, burnished prose . . . Mesha Maren writes like a force of nature.” —Lauren Groff, author of Florida

In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison.

Perpetual West By Mesha Maren Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643753409
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - January 17th, 2023

​“Stunning . . . A forceful addition to the literature of the U.S.-Mexican border and its ongoing history of tragedy and joy.”
—Jennifer Clement, The New York Times Book Review 

“Suspenseful, seductive . . .