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Twice named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books, Kirk Ward Robinson is back with The Latter Half of Inglorious Years, his first novel since the acclaimed The Appalachian.
An untimely death and a mysterious manuscript propel an under-motivated 37-year-old blogger beyond his personal and creative boundaries in a journey that threatens to expose literary secrets as bleak as they are beautiful.
Joplin Dean doesn't ask much of life. He subsists on income from a mediocre blog while his assertive girlfriend pursues goals that might just leave him behind. His placid existence is upended when a family tragedy reunites him with his estranged younger sister, whose carefree dynamism forces him to question his own sense of self. When Joplin discovers a manuscript left behind by his father, a failed author, both he and his sister are thrust into existential crises. Following divergent paths, they navigate the very nature of creativity and obsession as they are led inexorably toward the identity of their father's mysterious literary ing nue, Clarissa.
Exactly who is she? And do they really want to know?
Kirk Ward Robinson was born and raised in south Texas, and has since lived in every continental American time zone. He is an inveterate hiker and cyclist who prefers to travel and explore the world that way. His wide-ranging career has included roles as a chief operating officer, bookstore manager, stagehand, bicycle mechanic, and executive director of an educational non-profit organization in cooperation with the National Park Service. Robinson has been twice named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books: in 2012 for Life in Continuum, and in 2015 for The Appalachian. These days he maintains a small ancestral farm in the hills of Tennessee.