Kent Wascom


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About the Author

A native of the Gulf south, Kent Wascom attended Louisiana State University and received an MFA from Florida State University. He was awarded the 2012 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize for Fiction. He is the author of The Blood of Heaven (2013), and the forthcoming Secessia (July 2015).


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Short-listed for the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize for American Historical Fiction

Semifinalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

Long-listed for Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

Notable Fiction of 2013, The Washington Post

Best Books of 2013, NPR

“Best Books We’ve Read This Year (so far),” Esquire

Best Books of Summer 2013, Esquire

“Fact Behind the Fiction: 5 Great Historicals for Summer,” by Jean Zimmerman, NPR

100 Recommended Books of 2013, SFGate

Our Favorite Books of 2013, Publishers Weekly