• A Tribute to Wyatt Prunty

    Alice McDermott

    Fall 2019

    At Sewanee, I usually schedule my manuscript conferences in the afternoon while the alternating-day workshops are being held. The campus grows quiet then, and the heat and humidity hit their stride. There’s that academic stillness about the place: the sense, carried on the air, that out of the sun, in the cool confines of old buildings, minds are at work.

    I like to use the small library in the Women’s Center for these meetings. I like the odd collections of books on the shelves, the worn couches, the wood paneling, and the dim light—a light that often grows dimmer as the afternoon progresses, ...

    Alice McDermott is the author of eight novels, the latest of which is The Ninth Hour.

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