NC Literary Hall of Fame



Funland by Kermit Turner

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$10.95, paperback / $2.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-541119123
February, 2017
Fiction: Literary
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In this fast-moving novel, an aging man recounts a turbulent, formative summer of his youth. In 1956, seventeen-year old David Worley flees personal difficulties and a dysfunctional family to work for the summer at Palmetto Beach, a popular Southeastern resort. Beneath the gaudy, shimmering surface of this vacation fun-land, he soon discovers a shadowy world of sexual adventures and beach bums who prey on tourists and working teenagers. Searching for identity and direction, David becomes entangled in relationships that lead to experiences ranging from bitter-sweet to painful, embarrassing to shameful. Only after sinking into emotional turmoil and moral confusion does David begin to develop strength or character and self-respect.

A retired English professor, Kermit Turner holds degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His short stories have appeared in various journals, including: Greensboro Review, Roanoke Review, Phylon, Pembroke Magazine, Thomas Wolfe Review, and Changes Magazine. His story "Tongue-tied" won the 2006 Linda Flowers Literary Award, sponsored by the NC Humanities Council. His story "Masks," published in Phylon, was listed in Best American Short Stories as one of the "Distinguished Stories" of the year, and his story "Pool" was chosen runner-up for the 2012 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize.

Turner also has published a novel, Rebel Powers; a poetry chapbook, Sandy Ridge; and a novel-in-stories, A Matter of Blood.

A native North Carolinian, Kermit Turner lives with his wife Carol in Hickory. As a welcome break from writing fiction, he competes in senior USTA tennis tournaments and Senior Games track events.

Praise for Rebel Powers:

"Rebel Powers is a gem of a book...It makes an affirmation about life, and it's about people you learn to care about."
—Guy Owen, author of Journey for Joedel and Ballad of the Flim Flam Man

"Rebel Powers portrays a coming of age, and does this with lean prose and economic characterization, a wickedly good ear for dialogue, and sheer raw pace equal to the best plot movement in modern fiction."
—Tom Hawkins, author of the short-story collection Paper Crown

Praise for A Matter of Blood:

"Kermit Turner's muscular story collection, A Matter of Blood, coheres almost tightly enough to be read as a novel, one of the type now called a 'novel in stories.' It is a chronicle of hardscrabble rural and gritty small-town lives. The details are accurately, sometimes painfully observed and the narrative is rendered in a dispassionate, artfully laconic style....Pungent, uncompromising, truthful, memorable: here is a strong, solid, eye-opening collection."
— Fred Chappell, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and former NC poet laureate 

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