If you were to throw A Separate Peace, Dead Poets Society, and The Secret History into a literary blender, you might get something like Christopher Swann’s Shadow of the Lions, a novel which manages at once to be both a poignant coming-of-age tale and a suspenseful mystery.
—ED TARKINGTON, author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Swann does a wonderful job depicting these lost boys, the puzzling kinetics of friendship, competition, and status.
Marisha Pessl, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Swann’s masterfully measured debut novel is a powerful coming-of-age tale in the tradition of A Separate Peace and will appeal to readers who enjoy literary fiction with an air of mystery and suspense.
[Swann's] ending comes alive with action and intrigue.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Swann's deft mastery of language and his sense for academia come through the novel strongly. Shadow of the Lions is believable, tense, and rich. Blackburne’s insular community is the perfect stage for this literary thriller, which earns positive comparisons to Dead Poets Society and The Marriage Plot.
FOREWORD REVIEWS June/July 2017 Issue
Shadow of the Lions qualifies as a promising, well-crafted debut. Swann has a remarkable gift for describing fleeting experiences…Flashes of lyrical agility suggest a bright new talent ready to roar.
When I was a teenager living in Asheville, downtown was empty. I can imagine tumbleweeds rolling down the streets. There was the bank where my father worked; the Civic Center; a single upscale restaurant, 23 Page; a few X-rated theaters that my mother forbade me to enter; and a whole bunch of office windows with "To Let" or "For Rent" signs … [Read More...] about Malaprop’s in Asheville, N.C.
Christopher Swann is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He earned a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University, an M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of … Read More about About