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Just in Time for Christmas: Big Cactus by Sylvia Wilkinson

 

August 2014 marks the 48th anniversary of Sylvia Wilkinson's stunning debut novel, Moss on the North Side, published by Houghton Mifflin in August 1966. A review of the novel in Kirkus Reviews called Wilkinson "An exciting new novelist amid the Southern scrub pines." Now, the staff of Owl Canyon Press are excited to announce the publication of Sylvia's seventh novel, Big Cactus, which will be released in December 2014.

 

 

Sylvia WilkinsonSylvia Wilkinson was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1940 and graduated from Woman's College (now the University North Carolina at Greensboro) in 1962. She went on to receive her Master's degree from Hollins College and also studied at Stanford University. She has taught at various institutions, including the University of North Carolina, William & Mary, Hollins, Sweet Briar, Washington University and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and has received a number of literary awards including the Sir Walter Raleigh Award, which she received two times-- first in 1968 for A Killing Frost, and again in 1978 for Shadow of the Mountain.

Wilkinson's work has been praised in hundreds of reviews. Time called her “One of the most talented Southern belletrists to appear since Carson McCullers....” and Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, said, “Sylvia Wilkinson is a great storyteller, and her good old boys are as good and as bad as they come.” A prolific writer, Wilkinson's work includes 10 titles in the World of Racing series published by Childrens Press, as well as four young adult novels written under the pen name “Eric Speed.” With the publication of Big Cactus, she returns to the world of southern fiction, offering up a delightful yet poignant potrait of Benny Foushee and his Aunt Lucy, whose road trip begins in rural North Carolina but soon winds its way west all the way to Arizona, along a route filled with comic adventure and tinged with the romance of youth.