Sterling Watson - Night Letter

Author Sterling Watson will be at The Country Bookshop on February 14th to chat about his new book Night Letter with fellow author Page Fehling and her husband and coauthor Jake Fehling.

The event will be held at 5pm.

Registration is required on ticketmesandhills.com.


Eighteen-year-old Travis Hollister is always the stranger who comes to town.

As a twelve-year-old escaping a disordered and unhappy home and parents who loved hard but couldn't make it work, Travis left the Midwest to spend a summer with his grandparents in the Deep South. There he met Delia, the love of his life, who, tragically, was beyond his reach for two reasons--she was his aunt and she was sixteen years old. That summer made Travis guilty of crimes discovered and undiscovered. For his public wrongs, he did time, six years in a Nebraska reform school. For his undiscovered wrongs, he suffers mightily and wants desperately to be shriven. Can he achieve redemption or is he bound for the hell on earth he can imagine all too well?

Driven by his need to rejoin the human community, he becomes the stranger who arrives in Panama City, Florida, searching for Delia, the aunt who was the idol of his twelve-year-old passion. Who is she now? What have the years done to her? Will she welcome the return of Travis or fear it? What will she do about the return of the stranger she once held to her teenage heart.

Jean Paul Sartre said, "Hell is other people." In the course of this story, Travis learns that other people can also be salvation. Amid a cast of characters struggling with their own needs, desires, tragedies, and, yes, crimes, Travis finds violence, hatred, vengeance, and, in greater measure, friendship, honor, loyalty, and at least a glimpse of the road to redemption.


Sterling Watson is the author of nine novels, including Deadly SweetSweet Dream BabyFighting in the ShadeSuitcase City, and The Committee. Watson's short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, the Georgia Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Southern Review. He was director of the creative writing program at Eckerd College for twenty years and now teaches at Lasell University in Newton, Massachusetts. Of his sixth novel, Suitcase City, Tom Franklin said, "If this taut literary crime novel doesn't center Sterling Watson on the map, we should change maps." Watson lives in Gulfport, Florida.

Jake and Page are the coauthors of Holy Crap, We’re Pregnant, a she-said, he-said book on pregnancy. It took them ten years to finish it. Seven years after Page was pregnant with their youngest. To say they may have a procrastination problem is an understatement. All it took was one global pandemic in 2020 to cross the finish line. Some people baked banana bread. Some people finished a book. Go figure. Jake and Page also cohost the award-winning Date Night with Jake and Page podcast and coteach personal and professional development training classes. They have three kids, three dogs, and still most of their sanity.

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
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$28.95
ISBN: 9781636140636
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Akashic Books - January 31st, 2023

A taut thriller set in Florida's desolate panhandle, part coming-of-age story, all hard-boiled noir.