Smart Bets: Tommy Hays

Local author Tommy Hays, known for adult fiction Sam’s Crossing, In the Family Way and The Pleasure Was Mine, just published his first young-adult novel. The new book, What I Came to Tell You, is set in Asheville. It’s the lovingly wrought tale of Grover, who recently lost his mother. While dealing with his own sadness, Grover must also try to relate to his grieving family. But help comes from unexpected places — in the form of Grover’s artwork, a kind family friend and a strange but charming new kid in the neighborhood. Though YA literature is a departure for Hays, his previous novels explored family, loss and young people dealing with emotional hardships. He'll read and sign copies of What I Came to Tell You at Malaprop's on Sunday, Oct. 20. 3 p.m., free. Photo by Michael Mauney


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