Critically acclaimed Southern author Sean Dietrich—also known as Sean of the South—is set to captivate readers once again with his upcoming novel, Kinfolk.
Published: November 3, 2023
With his signature storytelling style, Dietrich examines the lives of unforgettable characters in a tale of unexpected connections, redemption, and the power of second chances.
Set against the backdrop of 1970s Southern Alabama, Kinfolk introduces readers to Jeremiah Lewis Taylor (affectionately nicknamed “Nub,”) a sixty-two-year-old man accustomed to the sting of disapproval from his loved ones. Following a lifetime of misadventures and encounters with local law enforcement, Nub finds an unlikely companion in fifteen-year-old Minnie, a Waffle House waitress grappling with her own challenges—including an unexpected pregnancy and a talent for singing that’s gone unrecognized.
As Nub and Minnie’s paths intertwine, an unconventional friendship blossoms, revealing the hidden goodness within Nub that he’s never seen before. The narrative follows their heartwarming journey towards discovering the potential for change and the remarkable impact that a second chance can have on both their lives.
Kinfolk stands as a testament to Dietrich’s remarkable ability to breathe life into his characters and settings—instantly transporting readers to the heart of the American South. This lyrical tale of found family, forgiveness, and the power of music showcases Dietrich’s deep understanding of the human spirit and the intricacies of human relationships.
Fans of Dietrich’s previous works, including The Incredible Winston Browne, Stars of Alabama, and You Are My Sunshine, will find themselves eagerly anticipating the release of Kinfolk. With discussion questions included for book clubs, this novel promises to be a source of reflection, inspiration, and shared storytelling experiences.
Kinfolk publishes November 14, 2023 (HarperCollins/Harper Muse, softcover, $18.99; also available in audio and e-book)
Sean Dietrich is a columnist, podcaster, stand-up storyteller, and novelist known for his commentary on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Southern Living, Good Grit, South magazine, and other publications, and he has authored fourteen books. Follow Sean’s daily writing at seandietrich.com or @seanofthesouth on Instagram.