“I loved Landslide. You are right there feeling the wind, the sea, the danger. Smart, honest, and funny, this is a story you won't forget.”
— Judy Blume

coming 02.02.2021

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Landslide

"Susan Conley has knocked it out of the park with Landslide. It is a spectacular tale of hardship and healing told in Conley’s gorgeous, luminous prose. Funny, moving, and deeply insightful, the novel takes such a fresh look at marriage, motherhood, and the wondrous inner lives of teenagers. A truly beautiful and unforgettable love story of a family on the brink."

— Lily King

Landslide by Susan Conley is a supple examination of the sweet, enduring electricity generated by the ever-present pairings of darkness and light, fear and security, love and loss. If it sounds like a novel for our current predicament, current opportunity, that’s because it is. Landslide is wise and vulnerable, while Conley’s sweet, dry humor allows us sips of hope for the wonderful characters herein.”

— Rick Bass

“From its very first page, Landslide gives the complete and deeply satisfying pleasure of a great novel: a fully realized world peopled by characters you feel you know, or used to know, or wished you knew better. Complicated people trying to sort their way through complicated lives, and the complications are the stuff of ordinary human beings: a mother struggling to manage her teenage sons, her “wolves,” a fishing village in Maine staring down its end, a man in a hospital room miles from his family, and the sharp knife of accident that cuts through our days. As always, Susan Conley’s work allows for the best sort of vanishing. And I went gladly.”

— Sarah Blake

“If DH Lawrence had written Sons and Lovers from the maternal perspective, and set his story on the modern coast of Maine, the result would very likely be this novel. Landslide is not only a vicious meditation on the bond between mothers and sons, but a quietly subversive reckoning with the Maine of our literary imagination. So many writers have turned to our coast as a source of innocent beauty; Conley instead reveals how these tidal zones can betray us, and curse us with all of the anger and resentment, sacrifice and pain that can only be redeemed by a searing commitment to love. This is a really powerful book. It cuts right to the bone.”

— Jaed Coffin, author of Roughhouse Friday

“This psychologically probing novel, about a fisherman's wife guiding her teenage sons through a family crisis, is a shockingly honest examination of both the destructive and healing properties of mother love. It kept me reading past bedtime.”

— Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedy’s

“Life in Susan Conley's wondrous new novel Landslide is full of a nagging sense that the past was better than the future could ever be. But it's full of sweetness, and hope, too. A funny, fond, and rueful take on what life on the Maine coast is like after the tourists leave, Landslide will stick with you, and leave you rooting for the flawed family at its heart, even when they sometimes find it hard to root for each other. An unforgettable book.”

— Brock Clarke, author of Who Are You Calvin Bledsoe

“With spare yet evocative prose, Susan Conley beautifully renders here the tug and pull of what it means to be the only woman in a family of men, a woman who is trying to raise two boys on an island off the coast of Maine, while also tending to her injured fisherman husband, while also trying to be the film maker she has always hoped to be. Landslide is not only a wonderfully compelling portrait of a dying industry and the people who make their living from it, it is also a love letter to the enduring nature of family itself and the ties that bind us all.”

— Andre Dubus III, author of Townie and Gone So Long

“Somehow, with wizardly brilliance and ease, Conley’s stunning new novel is about the global concerns that bind us all, while also being deeply, sustainably, intimately local. Conley knows about women among men—and women raising men—as thoroughly as she knows the peculiarities, struggles and habits of coastal Maine. She understands how place can imprint itself on a psyche, and her wisdom and humility, as a chronicler of these unforgettable humans, and this beautifully abrasive geography that shapes them, has produced as emotionally meaningful experience I’ve had, as a reader, in just about forever.”

— Heidi Julavitz, author of The Folded Clock

Susan is the award-winning author of five books, including her most recent novel Landslide. Her previous novel, Elsey Come Home, was a Most Anticipated/Best Book at Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Amazon Books, Pop Sugar, Huffington Post, Southern Living Magazine, Fodors, The Library Journal, Maine Women’s Magazine, and others. She has received multiple MacDowell Colony Fellowships, a Breadloaf Workshop Fellowship, a Maine Arts Commission Literary Fellowship, and a Massachusetts Art Commission Fellowship. She has also been the winner of the Maine Literary Award, and the Maine Award for Publishing Excellence, and her poetry collection was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award. Her Tedx talk on “The Power of Story” has been widely viewed, and her writing has appeared in places like The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times, The Harvard Review, The New England Review, and Ploughshares. She is a founder of the Telling Room, a creative writing lab committed to giving young writers a voice. She grew up in Maine and teaches on the faculty of the Stonecoast Writing Program.