Macon County Public Library to host “Books & Bites” with author Carolyn Curry

Friends of the Library will be sponsoring light refreshments and a book signing on Wednesday, August 31 with Carolyn Curry, author of “Sudden Death.” There will be books available for purchase during the event.

“Kendall Astin is a dedicated women’s rights activist married to the love of her life, legendary football coach Duke Astin,” says Cassandra King Conroy, author of Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy. “When Duke’s career takes them to the Deep South, where football is more of a religion than a sport, their very existence is turned upside down. Suddenly, the battle on the field becomes the metaphor for the battle of good versus evil, bringing tragedy and grief. Carolyn Curry, the wife of a former football manager, tells a story she knows only too well, a story that goes far beyond football. Sudden Death is a breathtaking debut novel about love, sport and obsession, which kept me hooked until the very end, turning the pages as fast as I could. This one is not to be missed!”

Sudden Death is a murder mystery set in the world of football. More than a thriller, the novel spans thirty years from 1966 to 1997 in the life of a couple who grew up on the other side of the world. Kendall Harris, a brilliant law student from Georgia, and Duke Astin, a star quarterback from Hawaii, meet at UCLA, fall in love, and marry shortly after graduation. Kendall practices law and Duke plays for a decade in the NFL, then becomes a college coach. Juggling careers and moving from state to state puts a strain on their relationship. But through the joys and stresses of life, they remain faithful to each other.

Things take a troubling turn when Coach Astin is hired by a Southern soccer powerhouse. Immediately, an ill-fated influential group that Duke has hired begins to undermine everything he tries to accomplish. Both the coach and his wife are receiving death threats as they struggle to stay focused on their careers and community activities. But when the murder occurs, the story becomes a search for joy and goodness in life – and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit over untold odds.

Written by a woman who has spent her entire life married to a football player and coach, Sudden Death also explores serious themes of sports gambling, alcoholism and domestic abuse within the varied cast of characters.

“I write about more than just football,” Curry says. “And, although I have a lot of life experiences as the wife of a football player who went from professional football to coaching, I want everyone to know that this book is a work of fiction. As a historian, I have always been drawn to strong women who overcome great odds, so it was only natural that I created fictional women with similar characteristics. Ultimately, this novel chronicles the stories of brave men and women trying to do the right thing and make a difference in this world.

Carolyn Newton Curry is an award-winning author, historian and founder of the non-profit organization Women Alone Together®. She is the author of Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834–1907 which won Curry the Georgia Writers Association Georgian Author of the Year Award. The biography was named one of the books every Georgian should read by the Georgia Center for the Book. Learn more about her at

Mercer University Press, established in 1979, has published more than 1,600 books in the genres of Southern Studies, History, Civil War History, African American Studies, Appalachian Studies, biography and memoirs, literary fiction, poetry, religion and philosophy. Publishing authors from across the United States and abroad, Mercer University Press focuses on topics related to Southern culture.

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