“a beautifully written, disturbing portrait of Americans searching for meaning in a violent, fragmented world. What a marvelous novel this is.”
–-Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Above the Waterfall
Tess Maynard’s life is coming apart. At home with her three young children in her husband’s small north Georgia hometown, she is steadily becoming obsessed with an American journalist captured in Syria and being held by ISIS, sensing an eerie resonance between his captivity and her own.
Meanwhile, the life of her husband is also beginning to unravel. John Maynard is a psychologist working as a college counselor. But in a former life–a life that becomes his obsession–he worked as a government contractor at a CIA black site in Eastern Europe where suspected terrorists, and one innocent civilian, were tortured. Now the Justice Department is threatening an investigation, but not if John will cooperate in an ongoing operation: a professor at the college where he works is rumored to be involved with an organization masking a militant group.
As John and Tess work to salvage their life together a young man in Atlanta is slowly becoming radicalized–groomed by the professor John is meant to report on–to fight not in Syria but at home in the US. Eventually all three lives intersect, with devastating consequences.
Mark Powell is the author of four previous novels. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and in 2014 was a Fulbright Fellow to Slovakia. In 2009 he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. He holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina, and the Citadel. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina where he teaches at Appalachian State University.
“Mark Powell is a serious novelist who speaks for his generation with a moral authority that evokes Robert Stone. ECHOLOCATION is a beautifully written, disturbing portrait of Americans searching for meaning in a violent, fragmented world. What a marvelous novel this is.”
–-Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena and Above the Waterfall
“Impossible to put down, ECHOLOCATION is the best work of Mark Powell’s young career, and brings all of his prodigious talents to bear on his most compelling story yet. An up-to-the-minute exploration of our political climate and the violence, both physical and emotional, that results from it, ECHOLOCATION engaged me unlike anything in recent memory. Though Powell tackles some of the big questions of our time, this is the story of people, characters who are startlingly real, and the secrets and misunderstandings that keep happiness just out of reach.”
–-James Scott, author of The Kept
“A brilliant novelist at the top of his game. ECHOLOCATION achieves that rare balance between complexity and pacing, a story rich and intricate, propulsive and satisfying. Mark Powell has been the South’s best-kept secret for far too long.”
–-David Joy, author of Where All Light Tends to Go