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Kevin Wilson

Biography

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels NOTHING TO SEE HERE, which was a "Read with Jenna" book club selection; THE FAMILY FANG, which was adapted into an acclaimed film starring Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman; and PERFECT LITTLE WORLD; as well as the story collections TUNNELING TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award; and BABY, YOU'RE GONNA BE MINE. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Southern Review, One Story, A Public Space and Best American Short Stories. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife and two sons.

Kevin Wilson

Books by Kevin Wilson

by Kevin Wilson - Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Frankie Budge is determined to make it through yet another summer in Coalfield, Tennessee, when she meets Zeke, a talented artist who has just moved into his grandmother’s house. Romantic and creative sparks begin to fly, and when the two jointly make an unsigned poster, it becomes unforgettable to anyone who sees it. The edge is a shantytown filled with gold seekers. We are fugitives, and the law is skinny with hunger for us. The posters begin appearing everywhere, and people wonder who is behind them and start to panic. Twenty years later, Frances Eleanor Budge gets a call that threatens to upend her carefully built life: a journalist named Mazzy Brower is writing a story about the Coalfield Panic of 1996. Might Frances know something about that?

by Kevin Wilson - Fiction, Humor

Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal, and they’ve barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help. Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family, and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other --- and stay cool --- while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned-up politician husband.

by Kevin Wilson - Fiction, Short Stories

BABY, YOU’RE GONNA BE MINE is Kevin Wilson’s first story collection in nearly a decade. “Wildfire Johnny” is the story of a man who discovers a magic razor that allows him to travel back in time. “Scroll Through the Weapons” is about a couple taking care of their underfed and almost feral nieces and nephews. “Signal to the Faithful” follows a boy as he takes a tense road trip with his priest. And “Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine,” the title story, is about a narcissistic rock star who moves back home during a rough patch. These stories all build on each other in strange and remarkable ways.

by Kevin Wilson - Fiction

When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she’s fresh out of high school, pregnant with her art teacher's baby, and totally on her own. Izzy knows she can be a good mother, but without any money or relatives to help, she’s left searching. Dr. Grind, an awkwardly charming child psychologist, has spent his life studying family, even after tragedy struck his own. Now, with the help of an eccentric billionaire, he has the chance to create a “perfect little world” --- to study what would happen when 10 children are raised collectively, without knowing who their biological parents are. He calls it The Infinite Family Project, and he wants Izzy and her son to join. This attempt at a utopian ideal starts off promising, but soon the gentle equilibrium among the families disintegrates.

by Kevin Wilson - Fiction

When a bad economy and a few poor personal decisions converge, siblings Annie and Buster Fang return to their family home. Reunited under one roof for the first time in more than a decade, they are forced to confront not only their creatively ambitious parents, but the chaos and confusion of their childhood.