River Jordan is a southerner with a global perspective. She began her writing career as a playwright and spent over ten years with the Loblolly Theatre group, where her original works were produced, including Mama Jewels: Tales from Mullet Creek, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, and Virga.
Ms. Jordan’s first novel, The Gin Girl (Livingston Press, 2003), has garnered such high praise as “This author writes with a hard bitten confidence comparable to Ernest Hemingway. And yet, in the Southern tradition of William Faulkner, she can knit together sentences that can take your breath.”
Kirkus Reviews described her second novel, The Messenger of Magnolia Street, as “a beautifully written atmospheric tale.” It was applauded as “a tale of wonder” by Southern Living, who chose the novel as their Selects feature for March 2006, and described by other reviewers as ” a riveting, magical mystery” and “a remarkable book.”
Her third novel, Saints In Limbo has been painted by some of the finest fiction voices of today as “a lyrical and relentlessly beautiful book,” and “a wise, funny, joyful and deadly serious book, written with a poet’s multilayered sense of metaphor and meter and a page-turning sense of urgency. “A Southern Gothic masterpiece,” said reviewers at Paste Magazine.
The Miracle of Mercy Land, a novel set in 1938 along the Gulf waters of Alabama, and has been painted as ‘A triumph of beauty,”
River Jordan’s first work of narrative non-fiction, Praying for Strangers, An Adventure of the Human Spirit, arrived to critical acclaim in April of 2011 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. It has continued touching hearts around the globe with its honest, storytelling style of the strangers we meet along life’s everyday highway and how we perceive them.
Ms. Jordan is currently at work on a new Southern Gothic novel, The City of Truth and a work of creative-nonfiction, The Story of the Labyrinth.
When not traveling the back roads of America, River lives with her husband Owen Hicks, and their Great Pyrennees lap dog, Titan in Nashville, Tennessee. She thinks about where stories come from – places and people and moods of the heart while rocking on her front porch. And long after the sun sets over the ridge, she waits for the moon to rise, watches the stars come out, and stares off into the blue-night sky believing with all her might.
An interview by WordLily
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