Genesis Road by Susan O'Dell Underwood. The cover shows a country road shaded by trees with a long skid mark leading into a sharp turn.

Genesis Road

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This item will be released June 21, 2022.

ISBN: 978-1-948692-84-7 paperback $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-948692-85-4 ebook $9.99
fiction 342pp
June 21, 2022

Glenna Daniels faces a midlife cul-de-sac. She bears a recent miscarriage and third divorce the way her Appalachian parents taught her to cope with tragedy—in stoic secrecy. She quits her social work position in Knoxville and runs away from home at the age of thirty-six, heading west with childhood friend, Carey, a gay professor in Atlanta. During their years in school, Glenna protected him from bullies. Now Carey is her savvy guide as she tries to heal her fractured life. Through the wilds of America Glenna grapples with the past and reconciles a way back home.

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Genesis Road by Susan O'Dell Underwood. The cover shows a country road shaded by trees with a long skid mark leading into a sharp turn.Genesis Road
by Susan O’Dell Underwood
ISBN: 978-1-948692-84-7 paperback $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-948692-85-4 ebook $9.99
fiction 342pp
June 21, 2022

Glenna Daniels faces a midlife cul-de-sac. She bears a recent miscarriage and third divorce the way her Appalachian parents taught her to cope with tragedy—in stoic secrecy. She quits her social work position in Knoxville and runs away from home at the age of thirty-six, heading west with childhood friend, Carey, a gay professor in Atlanta. During their years in school, Glenna protected him from bullies. Now Carey is her savvy guide as she tries to heal her fractured life. Through the wilds of America Glenna grapples with the past and reconciles a way back home.

About the Author

author Susan O'Dell Underwood
Author, Susan O’Dell Underwood. Photo by David Underwood.

Susan O’Dell Underwood grew up in Bristol, Tennessee, the daughter and granddaughter of public-school teachers who also farmed. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a PhD in English from Florida State University. She directs the creative writing program at Carson-Newman University, where her husband, artist David Underwood, also teaches. Besides two chapbooks, she has one full-length collection of poetry, The Book of Awe (Iris Press), and her poems, nonfiction, and stories are published in many journals and anthologies, includ-ing Oxford American, Ecotone, Bellevue Literary Review, Still: The Journal, and A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia.

What readers are saying about Genesis Road by Susan O’Dell Underwood:

Genesis Road is a sprawling travel narrative that centers on Glenna Daniels, a woman from Appalachia, and her childhood best friend Carey, who as a gay man abandoned small town living for an urban cultural center. As Glenna and Carey make their way across America, readers grapple with something new while also being aware that every landscape and every character has a vast and untold history. Throughout this complex journey, Underwood carves out a deeply rendered story of America that reveals the deep scars of its history even as it is also a place where we love and lose each other, searching for a definition of home.”—Mike Hilbig, author of Judgment Day & Other White Lies

“Glenna Daniels of Genesis Road joins a long tradition of Appalachian narrators bound to home and bound to leave. A woman with no plan, Glenna leaves behind the ashes of her life, road-tripping with a lifelong friend with his own losses and facing the landscape of the West ‘like a blank page and writing her name there, a brand new name.’ The humor and warmth of intimates on the road interlaces with Glenna’s account of her past full of regret, hurt, and the rare tender moment of salvation. Underwood’s compassionate novel allows us to journey with her characters into a more deeply understood sense of self and belonging.”—Jessie van Eerden, author of Call It Horses, winner of the 2019 Dzanc Books prize, and The Long Weeping (Orison Books 2017), winner of a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award.

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1 review for Genesis Road

  1. kpdavis

    I loved this book on so many levels. Raw emotion wrapped in beautiful prose mingles with lush, richly detailed scenery from campsites and tourist traps across the country. If you didn’t know that Susan O’Dell Underwood usually writes poetry, you’d suspect it by the second chapter. And then there is the beautiful friendship in this story.

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