NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Inevitable Past by Carrie Jane Knowles

Owl Canyon Press
$19.95, paperback / $3.95, e-book
ISBN: 978-1952085017
May, 2020
Fiction: Literary
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"This is no ordinary ghost story. The Inevitable Past is profoundly intriguing, a shivery and beautifully written tale that bears the glint of truth."
—Peggy Payne, author of Sister India

"Carrie Knowles’ prose reads like music—full of passion and grace, leaving her audience applauding, yelling brava, and begging for an encore. Part ghost story and all heart, this powerful, painful tale will make its readers feel anger, sadness, helplessness, but, ultimately, hope. And it will challenge us to question the profound impact visions and dreams can have on our lives."
—Padgett Gerler, author of Invisible Girl

"Carrie Knowles’ writing has a dream-like quality, as it carries us on a journey from cradle to grave, and back again.

"The Inevitable Past reminds us that the outcasts and most marginalized among us deserve to be remembered."
—Landis Wade, author of The Christmas Redemption and host of Charlotte Readers' Podcast: Where Authors Give Voice to Their Written Words

What if the life of your grandmother, even a grandmother you never knew, is somehow woven into the fabric of your dreams, your desires, and your destiny? Knowles’ riveting novel, The Inevitable Past, challenges the notion of who we are and what compels us to make life changing decisions as it carries us from the past to the present through two cities, two centuries, and some terrible secrets buried in the past.

It’s a timely look at women’s right to not only vote, but to have a voice.

It’s a story that will haunt you.

Carrie Knowles was the North Carolina Piedmont Laureate for Short Fiction in 2014. Her short stories have won numerous awards, including the Village Advocate Fiction Contest, the Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series, the North Carolina Writers' Network Fiction Syndication, and Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Competition.

She has been a finalist in Glimmer Train competitions six times.

Carrie has published four novels: The Inevitable Past, Lillian's Garden, Ashoan's Rug, and A Garden Wall in Provence, a collection of short stories, Black Tie Optional, and a memoir, The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s.

She has recently published a writing workbook: A Self-Guided Workbook and Gentle Tour on Learning How to Write Stories from Start-to-Finish.

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