Motel of the Stars, Karen McElmurray
Part satire of New Age philosophy and part commentary on a modern, fear-based era, this story of emerging from loss into hope takes place during the 1997 Anniversary Gathering of The Harmonic Convergence at North Carolina's Grandfather Mountain.
Karen Salyer McElmurray is the author of Surrendered Child, winner of the 2003 AWP CNF Award and a National Book Critics Circle Notable Book. McElmurray's debut novel, Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, was winner of the 2001 Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. She currently teaches at Georgia College and State University.