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Wall returns to APSU for Oct. 10 book signing, reception

At every crossroad in life, there is always one right choice. Inevitably Wilde women go left.

Read just that brief excerpt and you know shes gone and done it again.
In the Nashville Scene, Wayne Christenson wrote: (Paula) Wall is at the top of her game in ‘The Wilde Women, exercising her trademark aphoristic style with lightning flashes of humor. With a sharp tongue and a warm eye, Wall has turned out another winner.
“At every crossroad in life, there is always one right choice. Inevitably Wilde women go left.”

Read just that brief excerpt and you know she's gone and done it again.
In the Nashville Scene, Wayne Christenson wrote: “(Paula) Wall is at the top of her game in ‘The Wilde Women,' exercising her trademark aphoristic style with lightning flashes of humor. With a sharp tongue and a warm eye, Wall has turned out another winner.”

The best-selling author of “The Rock Orchard,” Wall aptly names her new novel, “The Wilde Women,” telling the story of three strong-willed, sizzlingly sensual womentwo sisters and their motherwho, in concert, turn their small hometown of Five Points, Tenn., on its ear, while breaking all the rules as well as the hearts of many smitten men.

Wall, a 1976 graduate of Austin Peay State University, will be the guest of honor at a reception and book signing from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill, sponsored by the APSU National Alumni Association.

At 8 p.m. that evening in Gentry Auditorium, Kimbrough Building, Wall will read from “The Wilde Women.” The event is sponsored by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

Her book was released in April 2007 by Simon & Schuster.

Just as the locale of “the Rock Orchard” was based on Clarksville, Five Points, the locus of “The Wilde Women,” is based on Erin, Tenn., and takes place during the Great Depression.

Wall pleads the Fifth when asked if her characters are based on real people. Regardless, she's populated Five Points with an unforgettable cast of charactersmen and women who live their lives colorfully and, some would say, rather riotously.

As “Publishers Weekly” wrote, “Wall's second novel follows two beautiful, smart, sexually provocative, self-assured sisters.“ Pearl Wilde and her sister, Kat, learned business sense and womanly wiles from their mother, Lorna, whom Wall describes as a siren “who still smolders although she's going gray.”

Take two savvy women, albeit sisters, with a grudge that has built up steam since one took the fiancé of the other to the springhouse for a little premarital dalliance; then toss in the arrival of the handsome heir to a whiskey distillery empire and the sure scandal of the opening of a high-class bordello in a small, God-fearing town and what do you have? Sassy, sexy Paula Wall literaturenot to be entered into other than lightly.

“The Wilde Women” follows hot on the heels of Wall's best-seller, “The Rock Orchard,” which was preceded by the publication of two collections of humorous essays, “My Love Is Free…But the Rest of Me Don't Come Free” and “If I Were a Man, I'd Marry Me,” the second of which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize.

For information about the reception and book signing at Pace Alumni Center, please telephone the Office of Alumni and Annual Giving, at (931) 221-7979. For more information about the reading in Gentry Auditorium, please telephone Susan Wallace, managing editor of Zone 4, APSU's literary magazine, at (931) 221-7031. -- Dennie B. Burke