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Tufa Novels

Chapel of Ease: A Novel of the Tufa

Alex Bledsoe

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01 Oct 2016
320 pages - 210 x 139 x 28mm
Tufa Novels


When Matt Johanssen, a young New York actor, auditions for "Chapel of Ease," an off Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show's writer and composer. They soon become friends; Matt learns that Ray's people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated home town. But there is one question in the show's script that Ray refuses to answer: what is buried in the ruins of the chapel of ease?

As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows Ray and spies on him. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep.

Matt and the cast are distraught, but there's no question of shutting down: the run quickly sells out. They postpone opening night for a week and Matt volunteers to take Ray's ashes back to Needsville. He also hopes, while he's there, to find out more of the real story behind the play and discover the secret that Ray took to his grave.

Matt's journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to stay buried.

LONG BLACK CURL ISBN 9780765376541 and WISP OF A THING ISBN 9780765376930

The latest installment in Alex Bledsoe's critically acclaimed Tufa series that Kirkus Reviews calls "powerful, character-driven drama... a sheer delight." (starred review).

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