A Closet Full of Masks: A Novella and Stories by Susan Snowden
“These stories aren’t far-fetched; this is the real South, and Susan Snowden’s dialogue is consistently pitch-perfect.”
—Steve Brown, author of Carolina Girls and The Belles of Charleston
“In this wonderfully varied collection Susan Snowden has penned intriguing characters ranging from complex and hostile to unpretentious and compassionate. Readers will find themselves zipping through to see what come next, anticipating rereading and properly relishing each story.”
—Mary Ickes, Western North Carolina Woman magazine
"Susan Snowden’s stories are infused with a literary magic that readers will not want to miss.”
—Susan Gabriel, author of The Secret Sense of Wildflower, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012, and Temple Secrets
Susan Snowden’s wry humor suffuses even the most poignant of these sixteen stories, all set in the South—from south Georgia to southern Appalachia. Thematically, she treats readers to a smorgasbord of tales whose characters—young, old, affluent, poor—are all struggling in various ways. An artist, given a rare opportunity, must face his insecurity; an uneducated disabled woman longs for the respect of her grown son; a lonely librarian seeks solace after the death of her father; a divorced mother is shocked by her behavior when she starts dating again. And in the title novella, an eighteen-year-old, away from home for the first time, encounters difficulties she never anticipated.
It’s clear that the author knows and understands her characters, each with his or her own distinctive voice and worldview, and that she cares about them enough to redeem them—or at least give them hope—regardless of the challenges they face.
Snowden’s work has appeared in more than forty literary journals and anthologies. Her first novel, Southern Fried Lies, won a 2013 IPPY Award for Best Fiction (Southeast Region). An Atlanta native, Snowden has lived in western NC since 1995.