Avid Bookshop and the Friends of Athens-Clarke County Library invite the public to an evening with local author Lillah Lawson at the Athens-Clarke County Library at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2023. Lawson will discuss her latest novel, So Long, Bobby.
A work of historical fiction partly set in Athens, So Long, Bobby follows three generations of women who face hardship and upheaval in the decades we wistfully remember – times of political upheaval, heartfelt music, and steadfast dreams. It is a story about how inherited trauma can break down whole families, how addiction can destroy, how not living your truth can sink you in despair, but how hope can always carry you back into the light.
Pre-order specials: Pre-orders of So Long, Bobby from Avid Bookshop or AvidBookshop.com will receive a 4 x 6 print of the book’s cover art, as well as commemorative stickers celebrating the book’s dual timelines. You must pre-order So Long, Bobby to receive the print and sticker. The book’s release date is February 14, 2023, and pre-orders must be placed by 11:59 pm on 2/14/23.
About the author: Lillah Lawson is the author of novels Monarchs Under the Sassafras Tree (2019); The Dead Rockstar Trilogy, including Dead Rockstar (2020) and The Wolfden (2021), with the final in the series, Driftwood Dreary forthcoming (January 2024); and upcoming novel Tomorrow & Tomorrow with Lauren Emily Whalen (October 2023). Lillah enjoys writing across genres, including southern gothic, historical fiction, and horror, and her work is often set in her home state of Georgia.
Lillah was a recipient of the UGA Willson Center/Flagpole Magazine’s Micro-Fellowship for her short story Shoofly (2020). Her horror short The Lady and the Tall Man was published in the Shiver Anthology, edited by Nico Bell in 2021. Her story Burn the Witch appeared in Chromophobia, edited by Sara Tantlinger in 2022. Another story, Oblong Objects in the Mirror is set to be published by Cosmic Horror Monthly in early 2023.
In addition to writing, Lillah is a genealogist pursuing her BA in History and English Literature, is a member of the Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society, and proudly serves as secretary on the Madison County Library’s Board of Trustees.
“Lillah Lawson has written a stunning elegy to America's past, its sins, and our constant drive to do better. SO LONG, BOBBY is a love letter not just to finding your home, but what it means to earn love, respect, and community. The secrets of the generational narrative unfold like a flower, pulling the reader in and making them a part of the family. A beautiful novel that never flinches from reality.” -Emily J. Edwards, author of the Girl Friday Mystery series.
"Lawson takes the reader on a journey into two of the most quintessentially American decades, periods of youth promise, music, and most importantly, liberation. The 1960s and '90s of So Long, Bobby, as told by Lawson, are settings for personal transformation for two generations of a southern family. In this well-crafted novel, the hidden history of this family finds a way to come to light when a journey of discovery is most needed. This gripping tale is brought to life by characters so real you will want to cry, laugh, and hug them all at once." -Jordan A. Rothacker, author of The Pit, and No Other Stories
“So Long, Bobby is a powerful, sprawling novel that takes readers from the civil rights and antiwar protests of the 1960s to the Seattle grunge scene in the 1990s to the front lines of the opioid epidemic of today. Throughout it all, Lillah Lawson weaves an emotional, captivating story of mothers and daughters, the scars that are passed down through the generations, and the burning desire to live a life with meaning. Don't miss this one!” -Alyssa Palombo, author of The Borgia Confessions
“The ties that bind are strong, and the ties we choose can be even stronger. Spanning three generations and tumultuous points in history—the politically charged 1960s, the grunge-heavy mid-‘90s, and the ongoing opioid crisis—So Long, Bobby is a beautifully crafted tale of the complexities of biological and found family. Lillah Lawson’s vivid style and the range of achingly human characters—as in life, no one is all good or all bad—will keep you holding on from beginning to end.” -Lauren Emily Whalen, author of Take Her Down and co-author of Tomorrow & Tomorrow.