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Macon County Public Library to host “Books & Bites” with author Carolyn Curry

The Friends of the Library will be sponsoring light refreshments and a book signing on Wednesday, August 31 with Carolyn Curry, author of “Sudden Death.” There will be books available for purchase during the event.

“Kendall Astin is a dedicated women’s rights activist married to the love of her life, legendary football coach Duke Astin,” says Cassandra King Conroy, author of Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy. “When Duke’s career takes them to the deep South, where football is more religion than sport, their very existence is thrown into turmoil. Suddenly the battle on the field becomes metaphor for the battle of good vs. evil, resulting in tragedy and heartbreak. Carolyn Curry, the wife of a former football coach, tells a story she knows only too well, a story about much more than football. Sudden Death is a stunning debut novel of love, sports, and obsession, which kept me riveted to the very end, turning pages as fast as I could. This one is not to be missed!”

Sudden Death is a murder mystery set in the world of football. More than a whodunit, the novel spans roughly thirty years from 1966 to 1997 in the life of one couple, who grew up half the world apart. Kendall Harris, a brilliant law student from Georgia, and Duke Astin, a star quarterback from Hawaii, meet at UCLA, fall in love, and marry soon after graduation. Kendall practices law and Duke plays for a decade in the NFL, then becomes a college coach. Juggling two careers and moving from state to state puts pressure on their relationship. But through the joys and stresses of life, they stay loyal to one another.

Things take a troubling turn when Coach Astin is hired by a football powerhouse in the South. Immediately, an influential group unhappy Duke was hired begins to undermine everything he tries to accomplish. The coach and his wife both receive death threats as they work to keep focus on their careers and activities in the community. But when the murder occurs, the story becomes a search for joy and goodness in life—and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit over unspeakable odds.

Written by a woman who has spent her entire life married to a football player and coach, Sudden Death also explores serious themes of sports gambling, alcoholism, and spousal abuse within the varied cast of characters.

“I write about more than simply football,” says Curry. “And, even though I do have a lot of life experiences being the wife of a football player who went from pro football into coaching, I want everyone to know that this book is a work of fiction. As a historian, I have always been drawn to strong women who overcome great difficulty, so it was only natural that I created fictional females with similar characteristics. Ultimately, this novel tells the stories of brave men and women who try to do the right thing and make a difference in this world.”

Carolyn Newton Curry is an award-winning author, historian, and founder of the nonprofit Women Alone Together®. She is the author of Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834–1907 which won Curry a Georgia Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Association. The biography was named One of the Books All Georgians Should Read by the Georgia Center for the Book. Learn more about her at

Mercer University Press, established in 1979, has published more than 1,600 books in the genres of Southern Studies, History, Civil War History, African American Studies, Appalachian Studies, Biography & Memoir, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Religion, and Philosophy. Publishing authors from across the United States and abroad, Mercer University Press focuses on topics related to the culture of the South.

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