Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore will be hosting Madeline Kay Sneed in person on Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00 pm.

Madeline Kay Sneed will be in conversation with Alison Wisdom.

Face Masks are required to attend the event.

Seating for this event will be limited and first-come-first-serve.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS meets OLYMPUS, TEXAS in this upmarket book club novel set in the Southern Baptist "Bible Belt" of West Texas, in which a father and daughter must grapple with her coming out and the ways in which it redefines questions of faith, love, and what it means to be family for them both.

How do you love a place that doesn't love you back?

Emilia "Emmy" Quinn is West Texas through and through: she loves the land, she loves her hometown, she loves football--the Dallas Cowboys and her town's high school team, the Steinbeck 'Stangs. She also knows she's a lesbian, and in her Southern Baptist, evangelical community, that's going to be an issue, both for Emmy and her amicably separated parents, Lucy and Steve. After a disastrous conversation with her dad, Emmy meets Cameron, a whip-smart grad student from Massachusetts with bright eyes and a cute undercut--who hates everything Texas. But Texas is in Emmy's blood. Can she build a future with someone who can't accept the things that make Emmy who she is? 

Steve Quinn has just been offered his dream job as head coach of the struggling 'Stangs. The board feels he has what it takes to win them a State Championship for the first time--but the board's CEO tells him he shouldn't accept the position if he's got any skeletons in his closet. Steve is still wrestling with Emmy's coming out: he knows he didn't handle it well, but he just can't reconcile it with his faith, and head coach is everything he's ever wanted. How can God ask him to choose between his dreams and his own daughter? 

This lush, gorgeously written debut is a love letter to the places we call home, and asks how we grapple with a complicated love for people and places that might not love us back--at least, not for who we really are. The Golden Season is a powerful examination of faith, queerness, and the deep-seated bonds of family, and heralds the arrival of a striking new voice in literary fiction. 

Madeline Kay Sneed was born and raised in Houston, Texas, a city she dearly loves, despite its sports franchises so frequently breaking her heart. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Baylor University and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction from Emerson College. She frequently writes about the intersection of queerness and faith, which is the obsession of most of her writing. When she's not doing that, Madeline loves spending time outside with her friends and family in Texas.

Alison Wisdom’s short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, among other places. Her debut novel We Can Only Save Ourselves was named as a most anticipated book in 2021 by Newsweek, Bustle, LitHub, and Goodreads, and her second novel The Burning Season is forthcoming from HarperCollins this July. 


The Golden Season Cover Image
ISBN: 9781525899836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graydon House - May 31st, 2022