“In this charming new novel set in the Irish Channel neighborhood of New Orleans, an idealistic woman with a dream opens a neighborhood bookshop called Faulkner & Friends that quickly attracts more quirky characters—and trouble—than customers. Written with vivid, detailed descriptions, a good eye for New Orleans as a fertile breeding ground for eccentrics, creative talents, and troubled families, Faulkner & Friends exudes a spirit of optimism, caring, and devotion, with ample servings of earthy humor and tragic violence. Literature, friendship, and faith are treasured like fragile, lighted candles that must be nurtured and protected. Vicki Salloum understands how chance and serendipity, along with faith and grace, are powerful forces in our lives, and that it is through loyalty to friends that we are most alive.”
–Mark LaFlaur, Author of Elysian Fields
“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