Tom Evans, author of Where Do The Children Play? and In Elysian Fields, has announced the release of his dramatic fourth novel, All Is Not Well. This nuanced coming-of-age story dissects the many facets of a young woman with a big future trapped by the sensibilities of a small town.
All Is Not Well follows the life of Gracie Graham as she matures into womanhood in a town that doesn’t want her. As a once-in-a-generation athlete, Gracie doesn’t care much for “girly” things and can best most of the boys at their own sports. While she attracts both envy and ire, she’s shunned for daring to stand apart. After she faces a life-altering event at nineteen, she must face both the town and the sheriff to finally find her peace.
Adult readers from a broad range of backgrounds will appreciate the complexity and tension in All Is Not Well. The exceptional world building draws the reader into an immersive experience that feels wholly realistic and relatable. Evans expertly captures the atmosphere of a small-minded citizenry and what it means to struggle along the fringes of a community.
Reviewers continue to praise Evans for his unique character development, a style that “isn’t often seen in modern literature” and “lends itself to the old-timey feel” of his writing. Instead of focusing solely on what’s happening on the page, Evans delves deep into the hearts of his characters to show their motivations, desires, and secrets. When reflecting on All is Not Well, Evans summarized his latest work by saying, “It’s not over until it’s over.”
Tom Evans is an author and librarian living near New York City. Other novels he has written to date are: In Elysian Fields, Where Do The Children Play? and So Long, Ma, I’m Only Bleeding. When he isn’t working on his next novel, Evans maintains a literary blog at www.thome2040.com.