Michael Parker

Michael Parker’s books have been hailed for “emotional complexity and subtlety” (New York Times) and for being “impossible to put down” (NPR). Now, in his seventh novel, PRAIRIE FEVER, Parker takes his readers to the Oklahoma prairie of the early 1900s to tell the story of two sisters, opposites in every way, as they grow up in a rugged landscape. 

Each morning, Lorena and Elise mount the family horse and ride off to school. Elise dreams about a life of adventure and excitement, while Lorena, logical and pragmatic, charts a path towards higher education. When Elise gets lost during a blizzard, the new schoolteacher helps Lorena rescue her. In the height of the moment, both sisters fall for him, forever changing the balance of their bond.

Dominic Smith,  author of Interabang favorite The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, says, “Michael Parker has captured a time, place, and sisterhood so perfectly it hurts to turn the last page.”

Though set in the early 1900s, the sisters’ feelings seem entirely modern as they grapple with how their choices change their relationships. Parker says PRAIRE FEVER is “about the sacrifices and settlements we make with ourselves and others as we navigate romantic and familial relationships. The story is on some level about the discrepancy between our private and public selves, and the ragged attempts we make to reconcile the two.”

Michael Parker’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Oxford American magazine, the Washington Post, Runner's World Magazine, and Men's Journal. His work has been anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize. He is the Nicholas and Nancy Vacc Distinguished Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and divides his time between Saxapahaw, North Carolina, and Austin, Texas.

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