In Books on December 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm
Winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Milkweed Editions (March, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571310347
- ISBN-13: 978-1571310347
Falling Dark chronicles a cross-section of 1960s idealists and fallen dreamers. Still reeling from the violent death of her husband, Donna Bless is often too drunk to maintain the barest semblance of her former life, leaving her two boys to fend for themselves. She then takes up with Roy Dale, a boastful shell of a man who seems chivalrous but isn’t. Tim Tharp’s tale opens darkly, yet points to the possibility of redemption.
In Books on December 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm
Knights of the Hill Country
Named to the American Library Association’s best books of the year list and winner of the Oklahoma Book Award
- Mass Market: 240 pages
- Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (August 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553495135
- ISBN-13: 978-0553495133
In a small Oklahoma town, one star linebacker must decide what kind of man he wants to be—both on and off the field. Welcome to Kennisaw—where Friday night high school football ranks right up there with God and country, and sometimes even comes in first. This year, the Kennisaw Knights are going for their fifth straight undefeated season, and if they succeed, they’ll be more than the best high school team in the eastern Oklahoma hill country—they’ll be legends.
But the Knights’ legacy is a heavy weight to carry for Hampton, linebacker and star of the team. On the field, he’s so in control you’d think he was able to stop time. But his life off the field is a different story. His father walked out on him and his mom years ago, and now his mom has a new boyfriend every week. He’s drawn to a smart, quirky girl at school—the type a star athlete just isn’t supposed to associate with. And meanwhile, his best friend and teammate Blaine—the true friend who first introduced Hampton to football back when he had nothing else—is becoming uncomfortably competitive, and he’s demanding Hampton’s loyalty even as Hampton thinks he’s going too far.
This unforgettable novel is the story of a boy whose choices will decide the kind of man he becomes, and raises powerful questions about sportsmanship, loyalty, and the deceptiveness of legends. Knights of the Hill Country has been named to several state reading lists and to the American Library Association’s best books of the year list.
In Musings on December 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm
Tim Tharp lives in Oklahoma where he writes novels and teaches in the Humanities Department at Rose State College. In addition to earning a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.F.A. from Brown University, Tim Tharp has been a factory hand, construction laborer, psychiatric aid, long-distance hitchhiker, and record store clerk. His first novel, Falling Dark (Milkweed Press), was awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. Knights of the Hill Country (Knopf Books for Young Readers) is his first novel for young adults and was named to the American Library Association’s Best Books of 2007 list. Tim’s YA novel, The Spectacular Now, (Knopf Books, Nov. 2008) was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and has been turned into a film of the same name. His subsequent novel, BADD, examines the relationship of fifteen-year-old Ceejay McDermott and her beloved older brother, a war vet who has trouble fitting into civilian life. A new novel, the suspenseful Mojo, will be released April 9.