Chapel of Ease by Alex Bledsoe
A Novel of the Tufa (Tufa Novels)

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The latest installment in Alex Bledsoe's critically-acclaimed Tufa series that Kirkus Reviews calls "powerful, character-driven drama...a sheer delight." (starred review)

When Matt Johanssen, a young New York actor, auditions for "Chapel of Ease," an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show's writer and composer. They soon become friends; Matt learns that Ray's people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated home town. But there is one question in the show's script that Ray refuses to answer: what is buried in the ruins of the chapel of ease?

As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows Ray and spies on him. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep.

Matt and the cast are distraught, but there's no question of shutting down: the run quickly sells out. They postpone opening night for a week and Matt volunteers to take Ray's ashes back to Needsville. He also hopes, while he's there, to find out more of the real story behind the play and discover the secret that Ray took to his grave.

Matt's journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to stay buried.


About Alex Bledsoe

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“Shall We Gather” is an original short story by Alex Bledsoe, who has written two novels about the mysterious Tufa of the East Tennessee mountains: The Hum and the Shiver, and the upcoming Wisp of a Thing.
Published September 6, 2016 by Tor Books.
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Dancer and actor Matt Johanssen is thrilled when he gets the lead in an exciting, new off-Broadway show called Chapel of Ease. Playwright Ray Parrish based the musical on stories from his insular Tennessee community. The play involves information that Ray always refused to divulge, about somethin...

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