Lydia Peelle Brings Her Midnight Cool Revue to Brooklyn


MANCHESTER, N.H., March 7, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southern New Hampshire University's low-residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction program would like to congratulate faculty member Lydia Peelle on the release of her highly anticipated novel, "The Midnight Cool."

Peelle is the Whiting Award-winning author of the story collection "Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing." Her debut novel, set in 1916 Tennessee is a rich and rewarding tale of two flawed yet endearing grifters who pursue women, wealth, and a surprisingly valuable commodity for the troops in Europe—mules.

Populated by spirited, memorable characters, The Midnight Cool is a startlingly profound tale of aspiration, loyalty, and love—and the eternal search for something lasting in a transitory world.

A review in The New York Times called the novel fully imagined and affecting: "The Midnight Cool is undergirded by the considerable agility and charm of Peelle's voice, and by her deeply attuned love of nature."

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I, Peelle is bringing "The Midnight Cool" to Brooklyn with a reading and "revue" on March 21st 7:00 PM at Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY. The evening will include performances of "century-old rock n' roll on guitjo" by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, WWI-era antique cylinder records, and a "kick-ass war mule slide show."

Lydia Peelle is the author of the novel "The Midnight Cool" and the story collection "Reasons For and Advantages of Breathing", which received an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She received her MFA from the University of Virginia and has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Ucross, Yaddo, and Ragdale. Peelle is a recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an O. Henry Prize, the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" honor, and a Whiting Award, as well as the Anahid Award for Emerging Armenian-American writers. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Southern New Hampshire University's MFA program is a two-year, low-residency program that allows students to live anywhere and work a full-time job. Students develop close and sustaining relationships with faculty like Lydia Peelle, during our intensive weeklong residencies in June and January. During the rest of the year, students work with faculty one-on-one, receiving thorough, regular editorial letters supplemented with phone calls. Learn more here: