NC Literary Hall of Fame



All the Right Circles by John Russell

Rare Bird Books
$26.00, hardcover / $14.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-644280423
October, 2019
Fiction: Literary / Historical
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"Nobody knows more about politics and power, race and class in the American South than John Russell. All the Right Circles is a latter-day All the Kings Men -- a smart, provocative, and engaging read."
—Lee Smith, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and national bestselling author of Guest on Earth

"John Russell has hit all the right notes—literary, historical, suspenseful—for a full chord the delivers. All the Right Circles takes 'where we've been' to help us see where to go. Don't miss the kind of gripping reading experience that is too rare these days."
—Clyde Edgerton, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and bestselling author of Lunch at the Picadilly and Walking Across Egypt

"All the Right Circles is reminiscent of an Updike novel, had Updike been southern—it reads like the best gossip, the kind relayed in hushed voices at the fanciest cocktail parties in North Carolina. It's a compulsively readable, gorgeously written exploration of intimacy and of power."
—Diana Spechler, New York Times columnist and award-winning author of Skinny and Who By Fire

Fans of Pat Conroy will enjoy John Russell's long-awaited second novel, a rich, multi-generational story of money and morals, power and race, sex and sanity, set in a changing America.

Jack Callahan is an outsider in his adopted hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. A successful lawyer, he's spent years trying to move in all the right circles. But with his literary mother in a sanitarium, his society marriage on the rocks, and his biggest client—Raleigh's family-owned newspaper—facing a hostile takeover, he's beginning to wonder if it's all worth it. Step by step readers are drawn into the "non-secret secrets" of an elite that wields power founded on intricate manners and the unsolved crimes of troubled past.

John Russell is the author of the award-winning novel Favorite Sons, which The New York Times heralded as "...a novel of ideas sweeping grandly through more than 40 years of Southern history." A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, he was educated at University of North Carolina, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School. He and his wife divide their time between North Carolina and Mexico.

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