Salvation is the gripping new novel by Kurt Corriher. It is a complex tale of survival.

In the fall of 1941 in a remote Appalachian valley, Junie McAllister kills a vicious neighbor and is forced to flee.  His mission is to deliver his ten-year-old son to safety before his former best friend, brother of the murdered man, can find him and exact vengeance.  The perilous journey carries them across the mountains and foothills of North Carolina to Wilmington and the sea.  Fascinating characters, romance, and suspense sweep the reader along to the novel’s startling conclusion.

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Golden Garden PressPublication Date: October 2012
Publisher: Golden Garden Press



“SALVATION by Kurt Corriher is a gripping novel  that engages the reader from the beginning and holds the reader’s attention throughout  the extraordinary journey the main characters take from the mountains of western North Carolina, to the farms of the Piedmont, and finally down the Cape Fear River to Wilmington, in the midst of a terrible hurricane which threatens to destroy them all. It’s a book we hate to see end, because we have come to care about these people — Junie McAllister and Chess Taggart, the central figures of the story, Henry and Nannie Bost, the heroic African American couple, and Dr. Michael Cunningham and his strange, passionate wife Rosetta. All of them are not only engaged in a powerful  and suspenseful story, but emerge as complex, interesting, flawed but fundamentally good human beings all of whom are fighting to find their own identities as the plot progresses. This novel will stay with me for a long time. ”

- Anthony S. Abbott, author of LEAVING MAGGIE HOPE


“Kurt Corriher’s SALVATION is a journey through time, a full-blooded story of family, love and murder set in the hardscrabble, rural South of the 1940s. Powerful and finely rendered, this is a book worth reading.”

- John Hart, author of THE LAST CHILD and IRON HOUSE


“SALVATION is a compulsively readable tale of race, revenge and redemption, anchored in a sense of time and place so convincing you can almost feel the mist from the river creeping over you as you read.”

- Leonard Pitts, Jr., author of BEFORE I FORGET and FREEMAN


“From the first pages, I was grabbed up by a story of revenge as old as Greek tragedy, as old as the mountains where Salvation begins — a story that gets told by the full range of authentic North Carolina voices I grew up hearing. Midway through, when Junie Jones and Henry Bost, like Huck and Jim, climb into their canoe to begin their perilous trip toward Cape Fear, I dropped everything and read straight through to the startling end.”

- Janice Fuller, author of SEX EDUCATION and SÉANCE