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Can You See Anything Now?, a debut novel, follows a year in the small town of Trinity where the tragedy and humility of a few reveal the reality of people's motivations and desires.
This is a story without veneer, and for readers who prefer reality to sanitized fiction—this book is unsentimental, and yet grace-filled.
The characters here are complex and intriguing —the suicidal painter, Margie, who has been teaching her evangelical neighbor, Etta, how to paint nudes; her husband, the town therapist, who suspects his work helps no one; and their college aged daughter Noel—whose roommate, Pixie, joins them at home for a winter holiday.
“Katherine James just might be a genius. If you’re a redemption chaser, you’ll love this book. If you hate redemption stories, you’re going to love this book.”—Leslie Leyland Fields, Author
Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas
“James shows us how even the most ordinary lives are touched not only with tragedy, but with unexpected grace.”—Suzanne M. Wolfe, AuthorThe Confessions of X, winner of Christianity Today’s 2017 Fiction Award.
“A marvelous debut—you’ll love its utterly human, utterly ruined, utterly loveable characters.” —Sarah Arthur, AuthorPreliminary fiction judge for the Christianity Today Book Awards and editor of Light Upon Light
“An exquisitely well-crafted story with unforgettable charters. Revealing and illuminating. A gem.” —Jim Kraus, award-winning author of The Dog That Talked to God
“This book blew my mind.” —David Bennett Thomas, Professor of Jazz, University of the Arts
“With this debut novel, Katherine James has achieved a polyphonic chorus.” —Scott Cairns, author of The End of Suffering and Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems
Katherine James has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University in NYC, where she taught undergraduate fiction and received the Felipe P. De Alba fellowship. Katherine has been on staff with CRU, a ministry to college students, for 26 years, is a member of Redbud Writer's Guild, and is senior editor for Crupress.