Idea for New Susan Cushman Book Began in Jefferson

By MICA WILHITE
Jimplecute Publisher

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Author Susan Cushman answers questions about her new book, “Friends of the Library,” from Jimplecute Publisher Mica Wilhite August 29 via Google Hangouts.

JEFFERSON – The Beatles told the world they could get by with a little help from their friends. Susan Cushman eclipsed those limited expectations. The Mississippi-born author has just published her third book that not only explores fictional Friends of the Library, but had its genesis in a conversation with one of Jefferson’s own Friends of the Library.

This collection of fictional short stories woven with fact, “Friends of the Library,” covers serious social issues including addiction, sexual abuse and Alzheimer’s, a disease Cushman’s mother suffers from. Susan spoke to Jimplecute online about the book and what inspired it.

Where “Friends of the Library” Started

Two years ago, in 2017, when her first novel, “Cherry Bomb,” and the memoir, “Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer’s,” were published, Susan’s publisher asked her to visit small towns in Mississippi to promote the books in Friends of the Library groups. Even though she grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, she hadn’t… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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