To Dance With the White Dog

(This) is what literature is – or should be – all about, and what the South at its best still is. Terry Kay is simply a miraculous writer, gifted with poetry, integrity and rare vision, and this . . . book literally burns with life. I will never forget old Sam Peek, and you won't either.
-Anne Rivers Siddons
Sweetwater  Creek 
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Special K: The Wisdom of Terry Kay​​

A perception of powerful life lessons and topics written with the ability to return us to those precious and/or insane places in our lifetime. Kay can take the steamer trunk of our past, the luggage of our future and open them only to find wit, honesty and uncanny insight.   Read More

The Greats of Cuttercane

When Asa Holbrook Staggs stepped into the cold-water spring that would later bear his name, he was drunk. The date was November 18, 1914. He pulled himself from the water, sober, cold and converted to a new life in the Lord. And thus began the legend of Asa's Spring, a pool indiscriminately dispensing favoritism to those who believed (or wondered about) the curative power of its water. These are stories of people born in Cuttercane, GA, the place of Asa's Spring, and who earned minor celebrity from the townsfolk's highest praise: "He (she) is something else, ain't he (she)?"  Read More

The Kidnapping of Aaron Greene​​

When someone wealthy is kidnapped, it makes sense to us.  The motive is obvious, the ransom money is raised, and we may even think secretly that somehow he deserved it.  But when a John Doe is abducted – a mailboy named Aaron Greene, say – we might sit up and take notice, realizing that the missing person could be our son or daughter, our sister or brother – or us.  Read More

The Runaway

Tom and Son Jesus spend their days daydreaming, fishing, and trying to escape work.  But their fun abruptly comes to a halt when they discover a bone during a fanciful runaway.  The bone turns out to be part of the skeletal remains of Son Jesus’ long-missing father, and leads to an investigation by Sherriff Frank Rucker, a World War II hero, that unmasks the racially motivated killer known only as Pegleg.  Read More

The King Who Made Paper Flowers

When Arthur Benjamin steps from a Greyhound bus in Savannah, Georgia, he is immediately robbed by an affable street magician named Hamby Cahill.
It is Hamby’s first act of thievery and the remorse of it so overwhelms him that he finds lodging for Arthur in The Castle, a warehouse supposedly owned by Melinda McFadden, an eccentric and fragile grande dame of imagined aristocracy who is known as Lady to the strange assembly of street people she has arbitrarily selected to be her Guests
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Dark Thirty

In the sleepy town of Tickenaley, Georgia, they call the thirty minutes between day and night Dark Thirty.  The memory of daylight lingers, but falling darkness brings with it haze, change and uncertainty.  One day at Dark Thirty Jesse Wade, in high spirits, carrying a birthday gift for his beloved grandson, returns home to a scene of unspeakable horror.  Read More

Song of The Vagabond Bird​​

When he arrives on Neal’s Island to begin 10 days of intensive group therapy to treat his obsession for a woman he cannot forget, he brings with him the pseudonym of Bloodworth.  Pseudonyms are a requirement to participate in Dr. Carson X. Willingham’s unconventional and often bizarre seminars – a deliberate lie to inspire the search for a needed truthRead More

​​Taking Lottie Home

When Foster Lanier and Ben Phelps are released from a professional baseball team in 1904, it is the only experience they have in common until they meet a runaway – a girl- a woman named Lottie Parker – on the train that takes them from Augusta, Georgia, and away from their dreams of greatness.   Read More

After Eli

Though strangers are rare in the small town of Yale, and a recent double murder is still unsolved, itinerant actor Michael O’Rear wins over the people of the remote Appalachian village.  Intrigued by the legend of Eli’s hidden money, Michael uses his actor’s talents and his gift to hypnotically lyrical gab to win the empathy, and then the hearts, of the three Pettit women.  Read More

The Seventh Mirror

Like his father and grandfather before him, Fergus Greybar the Fourth travels the countryside in a wagon of carnival mirrors, pulled by two magnificent white horses named Look and See. As the Mirror Man, he is welcomed everywhere by children who find delight in seeing themselves take on strange and funny shapes when looking into the six mirrors that line the inside of his wagon. Read More

​​The Valley of Light

On a sunny summer day in 1948, Noah Locke arrives in Bowerstown, a small North Carolina community bordered by lakes and set deep in the Valley of Light.  A quiet, simple man and a war veteran, Noah has a mystical gift for fishing, yet he remains haunted by the war and by the terrible scenes he witnessed  when his infantry unit liberated Dachau.   Read More

Shadow Song

It was a wonderful summer, a great memory, the kind of love everybody ought to have.  It changed my life--- or almost did—and I think about it more than I should, but that was a long time ago. Amid the breathtaking beauty of the Catskill Mountains, Avrum Feldman listened to the haunting voice of Amelita Galli-Curci ringing over the Shandaken Valley---a voice no one else could hear.  When he died at age one hundred six, his obsession for the famous opera diva had lasted three-quarters of a century.  Read More

Bogmeadow's Wish

When Cooper Coghlan arrives in Ireland with the cremains of his grandfather, Finn Coghlan, he has one instruction: Let my ashes blow in the wind. You'll know the place when you come to it. I'll be there, telling you. He also has the tender memories of his grandfather's exaggerated stories of Irish wonder and magic – stories of leprechauns and legends and the mysterious power of fate. Read More

Books

The Year the Lights Came On

In a novel inspired by his own boyhood in Georgia, Terry Kay recreates the joys, comradeship, turbulence, and exhilaration of growing up.  He envelops us in the wonder and magic of youth.  Caught between laughter and tears, we become inextricably involved with the people of a small southern town and the time after the Second World War when the country seemed innocent.  Read More

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The Book of Marie

In spring of 1962, a young black girl is killed at a civil rights demonstration on a university campus in Atlanta.  The next day a home in Georgia is burned.  Both events are etched into the memory of Cole Bishop, eerily playing out the predictions of a former classmate named Marie Fitzpatrick. Read More