WELCOME TO SHARONVILLE

My debut novel

When young History professor, Toni Sorrentino, crashes her pick up in the Arizona desert a few days after 9/11 and falls into a coma, long-buried secrets are unearthed in her small home town of Sharonville. Most affected is her guardian, binge-eating Italian restaurateur, Uncle Franco, who now has to face the lies he’s fed Toni her whole life.

 

However, as Uncle Franco embarks on a quest to wake Toni from unconsciousness and tell her the truth, many others in Sharonville’s close community find their own pasts brought to light in a which guarantees that they, and the town itself, will never be the same again.

LONGLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD

I enjoyed Welcome to Sharonville as much as Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch – perhaps there was a resonance because of the desert setting, but Zink also dusts her prose with breathtaking turns of phrase, equally as good as hers.

LORNA HOWARTH

THE WRITE FACTOR

Anyone familiar with Sharon Zink’s prize-winning short fiction will want to read her excellent novel. Intensely moving, thought-provoking, deeply satisfying – don’t miss it.

MERRIC DAVIDSON

THE NEW WRITER