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Now You Know

By Accident

By Accident portrays a year in the life of a woman after the accidental death of her teenage son.  Laura Lucas is numbed by the loss, a loss that is paralleled in the spate of upscale construction -- and attendant destruction -- in her starter-home neighborhood...

Slated for publication in April 2010. By Accident will be available soon on for pre-order. More | All books by Susan Kelly

Now You Know

Now You Know

Assigned as college roommates in 1947, Frances Wilson and Libba Charles forged an unlikely friendship of opposites that ended only with Francesís lingering death decades later. Now, Francesís three grown daughters, who have never been close, struggle with loss and grief as they battle.... More | All books by Susan Kelly

The Last of Something

The Last of Something

As Shotsie Brooks prepares her mother's beach cottage for a weekend of guests, close friends since college twenty years earlier, she senses something sadly final about their gathering. Perhaps it's summer's end, or melancholy brought on by her recent... More | All books by Susan Kelly

Even Now

Even Now

When her husband Hal accepts a teaching position at a private school in the tiny North Carolina town of Rural Ridge, Hannah Marsh views her family's move as a chance to return to a simpler, sweeter way of living. Contentedly married for seventeen years... More | All books by Susan Kelly


About Susan Kelly

Susan Stafford Kelly graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of the forthcoming By Accident (April 2010) and the novels Now You Know, The Last of Something, Even Now, and How Close We Come, winner of the Carolina Novel Award and an alternate selection of Book-of-the-Month Club. Susan lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband and three children. More about Susan Kelly

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Reviewer describes BY ACCIDENT as "stunning"

In both The Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News and Observer, reviewer Ruth Moose writes:

Sex happens. And so..


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