From North Carolina comes the electrifying new voice of Nicole Sarrocco, author of the Occasionally True series of novels—about finding grace in chaos, making peace with the passed, and for heaven's sake not making too much of a spectacle of yourself. 2015's Lit by Lightning (vol. 1 of the series), is a witty, hilarious, disturbing Occasionally True tale of ghosts, manners, and the family we choose and the ones who choose us. The forthcoming Ill-Mannered Ghosts (Nov. 2016) continues the bizarrely hilarious misadventures begun in vol. 1, delivered in Sarrocco's signature style of collaged autobiographical snapshots, family anecdote, and whip-smart, gin-dry wit.
Nicole Sarrocco, the author of the Occasionally True series of novels, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She also wrote the fiercely funny poetry collection Karate Bride, published by Arundel Press. Raised on a tobacco farm on the Wake-Johnston County line, she has a PhD in English, and loves teaching high school. She never has pretended to be normal, but claims that good manners are in her regional DNA.
For a deep dive into Nicole's rich literary relationships with land, family, ghosts, and history, listen to her rap session with NPR's Frank Stasio. To hear Nicole’s poetry, watch her read alongside her brother and fellow poet, Vinnie Sarrocco.
From her publisher: "She is brilliant—wondrously and completely mad—and that fancy PhD of hers is the only possible explanation for the fact that they let her teach children."
Please enjoy this excerpt from vol. 1 of the series: