Novelist and soap writer Michael Malone

May 20, 2009 Malone has two very different legions of fans – soap opera and literary. He was the head writer of ABC's One Life To Live for six seasons during the early and mid 90s. When he won a Daytime Emmy for Best Writing in 1994 he famously commented, "If Dickens were alive, this is what he'd be doing," a wry challenge to the literary community and his own scholarly background. Did I mention Malone has a Ph.D. in English from Harvard University?<

His latest work, Four Corners Of The Sky, is the book his other group of die-hard fans has been waiting 20 years to read. Described in one review as "Fried Green Tomatoes with copious draughts of Shakespeare," Four Corners Of The Sky is a novel of love, sacrifice, and the inexplicable bonds that hold families together (please see below for more information about the book).

Read an excerpt! (PDF)

Book signings

Borders: Wednesday, May 20 at 12:30pm
150 North State Street, Chicago, 60601
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court: Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm
811 Elm Street, Winnetka, 60093

About The Author

Michael Malone is the author of ten novels, has composed plays, screenplays, and non-fiction, and in the early to mid-1990s did an Emmy Award-winning stint as head writer on the ABC-TV soap opera One Life to Live, a period during which that series became "the thinking fan's soap," according to TV Guide. Interestingly, the author makes few artistic distinctions between his TV work and his novels.

About Four Corners Of The Sky

On her seventh birthday, Annie's con artist father left her behind at his boyhood home then he raced out of her life. Years later Annie, now a top Navy jet pilot, returns home on her twenty-sixth birthday. But everything changes when Jack calls to say he is dying and needs her to fly to St. Louis to bring him the airplane he gave her the day he left. And if she does, he will give her the one thing she always wanted, that he always lied to her about-the name of her mother.

Praise For Four Corners Of The Sky

"Devoted Michael Malone fans have been waiting more than 20 years for another Handling Sin, perhaps the greatest road novel since Tom Jones. The wait is over… The cast of characters is as large as it is rich. Malone is an absolute master of Dickensian character building…Don't miss it." - Bill Ott, editor-in-chief, Booklist

"Fried Green Tomatoes with copious draughts of Shakespeare… Malone (Theater Studies and English/Duke Univ.; The Last Noel, 2002, etc.) knows that the small-town South is a subject all unto itself, and no matter how eccentric the characters, they're wholly believable in that context… Secrets and intrigues among the honeysuckle: a sun-washed yarn of the New South, affectionately told." -Kirkus

"A father-daughter story that will have young adult readers (and you) laughing and crying and rooting for Annie, now 26 years old and still stinging from her father's abandonment of the family when she was just seven. Malone's titles have broad adult appeal, and Four Corners has the potential for being a gateway novel for maturing fiction readers." -School Library Journal

"This book is so complex and so beautifully done, it sort of outclasses Dickens (and I may have just committed literary heresy here). The Four Corners of the Sky is the best thing I have read in years and you can imagine how much I read. Truly, I couldn't put it down. I loved it." -Kathy Ashton, The King's English Bookshop

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