Virginia Reeves

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Author Virginia Reeves joins us this week. We’ll be talking with her about her new novel, WORK LIKE ANY OTHER (Simon and Schuster, 2016).

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Virginia ReevesVirginia Reeves is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin. She holds a MA in teaching from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and a BA in English Writing from Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

Virginia’s debut novel, WORK LIKE ANY OTHER has been published internationally and translated into several languages. Her fiction has appeared in The Common and The Baltimore Review and has been short-listed for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest and the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award.

Prior to her graduate work at UT, Virginia was an adjunct professor at Carroll College, where she taught composition and advised the college newspaper. She also spent two and a half years with the Helena School District’s gifted and talented program, designing and teaching middle school curriculum.

Virginia currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two daughters, a three-legged Pit Bull, and a semi-tame feral cat. For the past three and a half years, she has taught literature and writing at the Khabele School, where she also served as the English department chair. This summer, Virginia and her pack will be moving back to Montana.

What they’re saying about WORK LIKE ANY OTHER :

Work Like Any Other“Eloquent and acutely self-aware… Prose so lovely that it strains credulity… Elegant.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A striking debut about love and redemption, the heavy burdens of family and guilt and learning how to escape them. Powerfully told and lyrically written, there is not a false note in this book. Reeves is a major new talent.” –Philipp Meyer, author of The Son

“A consummately well-written, deeply affecting… gripping, dynamically plotted, and profound novel.” –Booklist, Starred Review

“[A] commanding, dramatic novel…  Astonishingly well-written.” –New York Journal of Books

“A slow-burning pleasure… Wonderful… Brutal, beautiful, and, to some significant extent, redemptive.” –Daily Mail (UK)

“Beautifully written, this is an unusual and moving debut.” –Sunday Times (UK)

“[An] exceptional and starkly beautiful debut.” –Kevin Powers, National Book Award–nominated author of The Yellow Birds

“Thoughtful, absorbing… In this engrossing, vividly drawn debut, Reeves delivers a dazzlingly authentic portrait of a restless, remorseful mind.” –Publishers Weekly

About WORK LIKE ANY OTHER:

A prideful electrician in 1920s rural Alabama struggles to overcome past sins and find peace after being sent to prison for manslaughter.

Roscoe T Martin set his sights on a new type of power spreading at the start of the twentieth century: electricity. It became his training, his life’s work. But when his wife, Marie, inherits her father’s failing farm, Roscoe has to give up his livelihood, with great cost to his sense of self, his marriage, and his family. Realizing he might lose them all if he doesn’t do something, he begins to use his skills as an electrician to siphon energy from the state, ushering in a period of bounty and happiness. Even the love of Marie and their child seem back within Roscoe’s grasp. Then a young man working for the state power company stumbles on Roscoe’s illegal lines and is electrocuted, and everything changes: Roscoe is arrested; the farm once more starts to deteriorate; and Marie abandons her husband, leaving him to face his twenty-year sentence alone.

Now an unmoored Roscoe must carve out a place at Kilby Prison. Climbing the ranks of the incarcerated from dairy hand to librarian to “dog boy,” an inmate who helps the guards track down escapees, he is ultimately forced to ask himself once more if his work is just that, or if the price of his crimes—for him and his family—is greater than he ever let himself believe.

For more information, please visit Virginia’s website, VirginiaReeves.com.  You can also keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter.