“Vicki Salloum’s Faulkner & Friends is a novel that is at once both charming and tragic. Her vision of New Orleans and its denizens is so alive that it pulses and breathes. But what makes this novel worth reading and thinking about is its message of hope: hope in the written word, hope in each other, and ultimately the hope that can be drawn only from the deep well that is the lovely city of New Orleans, Louisiana.”
–David Armand, Author of The Pugilist’s Wife and Harlow
Mark Gstohl, Ph.D.
“Faulkner & Friends captures the essence of New Orleans. It’s a story about friendship, about struggle, and what it means to experience transforming grace that allows one to let go of the past and focus on the blessings of the present. It’s both heart-breaking and heart-warming and deeply spiritual without preaching to the reader.”
–Mark Gstohl, Ph.D., Head of Department of Theology, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Author of Southern Baptist Theologians and Original Sin
“Vicki Salloum’s Faulkner & Friends is a moving, heart-wrenching narrative about a group of New Orleanians whom fate has thrown together. Their lives are full of regret, and also, great love, for each other, and for the power of books and stories to heal. She writes with power about the reality of redemption and the gift of hope.”
–Moira Crone, Winner of the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Fellowship of Southern Writers, and Author of The Not Yet and The Ice Garden
William Greenway, Ph.D.
“If I didn’t know better, I’d swear there’s something in the water coming down the river that blooms good writers in New Orleans like magnolia blossoms: Faulkner, Rice, Percy, Toole, etc. And now here’s the newest one to squeeze the heart to offer up its secrets. Faulkner & Friends is a wonderful read; that it’s set in New Orleans is lagniappe.”
-William Greenway, Ph.D.,
Author of Everywhere at Once and Fishing at the End of the World
“Faulkner & Friends is a captivating exploration of loss and the resilience of those who retain hope and faith through unimaginable tragedy. With astonishing skill and compassion Vicki Salloum weaves the stories of a writer, a bookseller, a destitute grandmother, and two troubled boys who form a bond of humanity at its core. An engrossing and unforgettable read, boldly conceived and beautifully written.”
Bev Marshall, Author of Walking Through Shadows and Right as Rain