Olympus Texas: By Stacey Swann
"There is a surplus of buried hurt and unspoken disappointments within the Briscoe family. It may be difficult for these characters to realize their flaws and tangled desires, but it sure is pleasurable to read about them...I experienced the characters’ grief and regret as if they were my own."
—New York Times Book Review
"The Iliad meets Friday Night Lights in this muscular, captivating debut that reimagines Greek myths in a backwater east Texas town. The abrupt arrival of a ne’er-do-well son disrupts the fragile balance amid a family plagued by erotic trysts, broken promises, and social envy. Readers will thrill to Swann’s classical allusion."
"A unique way to disrupt the conventional family saga...When it comes to family-fiction tropes, Swann has found a way to be persistently, often admirably irreverent.”
"An action-filled, devastating tale of homecoming."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Olympus, Texas is the most wildly entertaining novel I’ve read in a long time, and Stacey Swann is a writer to watch.”
—Richard Russo, author of Chances Are . . .
"Olympus, Texas is sheer delight: hilarious, heartbreaking, true. I loved this novel."
—Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Jetsetters
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