True Stories at the Smoky View
IPPY (Independent Publisher) GOLD MEDAL winner for Regional Fiction (South), True Stories at the Smoky View is a wry, intricate novel about family and friendship, tyranny and justice. Although Vrai (short for Vraiment), an art history librarian in Baltimore, has not spoken to her friend Skip for over a year, after his sudden death she dutifully takes his ashes and his dog home to his mother in Knoxville, Tennessee. Vrai has no idea why Skip stepped into traffic in Baltimore with his hands over his eyes, or why he had so abruptly ended their longtime friendship.
After Skip’s funeral, Vrai rescues ten-year-old Jonathan, who has been abandoned in the funeral home’s parking lot. The Blizzard of 1993 soon strands this unlikely duo at the Smoky View Motel, where Jonathan, whose parents were assassinated by Pinochet’s henchmen, comes across clues pointing to a possible suspect in Skip’s death.
By the end of this story of mutual rescue, Vrai’s and Jonathan’s lives have been changed forever.
About Jill McCroskey Coupe (Baltimore, Maryland Author)
Jill McCroskey Coupe’s first job was gathering (collating) in her father’s printing plant in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. A former librarian at Johns Hopkins University, she has an MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson College, in the heart of the Blue Ridge. The Southern Appalachians will always feel like home to her, but so does Baltimore, where she has lived for more than thirty years. Her first novel, True Story at the Smoky View, won a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2017. Her second novel, Beginning with Cannonballs, will be published in May 26, 2020.