“Anyone Who Doesn’t Fall In Love With Gradle Bird, The Character, Might Want To Stop By An Urgent Care Facility For An EKG. Anyone Not Totally Mesmerized By The World Depicted In Gradle Bird, The Novel, Might As Well Forfeit His Or Her Human Being Id Card. J.C. Sasser’s Invented A Complex, Big-Hearted, Dirt-Road-Smart Protagonist Surrounded By Hilarious One-Of-A-Kind Characters (And A Ghost). Absurd, Yet Utterly Believable. Southern, Yet Universal. I’m Jealous.”

–George Singleton, Author Of The Half-Mammals Of Dixie

“J.C. Sasser takes us on a romp of an adventure through the life, eyes and heart of Gradle Bird‘s dark and twisted, but loving and hilarious world in rural Georgia. Gradle Bird reads like it was written, in collaboration, by the ghosts of Flannery O’Connor and Florence King, while finishing off a bottle of Battlefield Bourbon. And truth is, if it had been the fruit of the ghosts of two of the South’s darkest and wittiest writers, we could only hope that they would continue the collaboration. But we’re in luck as J.C. Sasser is alive and well and, hopefully, will be telling her stories for years to come. It’s a wonderful story, a wonderful book.”

– Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South and The Orphan Mother

“Any book that begins with the title character giving someone the bird on I-16 really speaks to my soul. Gradle Bird is like a good country song, and it features some of the finest cursing I’ve ever read. Christians are going to love this book!

–Harrison Scott Key, author of The World’s Largest Man

“Think Flannery O’Connor riffing Elmore Leonard and you get some sense of this wildly inventive, picaresque novel that stretches the boundaries of what it means to be family and what it costs to love and be loved.  But don’t get me wrong. J.C. Sasser writes in her own lyrical style, weaving often tragicomic events into a mosaic of sometimes hallucinogenic wonder.  Her characters seemed swept up in an arc of ever-pending disaster. And yet in the unforgettable presence of Gradle Bird herself, the book’s 16-year-old chief protagonist, you learn how redemption can stumble into our lives at the unlikeliest of times from the unlikeliest of places.”

–Ken Wells, author of Meely LaBauve

“Gradle Bird is a dark Southern gothic teeming with bizarre characters lovingly drawn and perverse plot twists wrought by a master storyteller. This book—or perhaps J.C. Sasser’s brilliantly imaginative mind—should come with caution tape around it. Stunned me again and again.”

–Nicole Seitz, author of The Cage-maker and Saving Cicadas

“I Was Caught In Gradle Bird’s Spell From The Very First Lines. J.C. Sasser Draws A Magnificently Weird Cast Of Characters Into A Gothic Tale That Could Only Come Out Of The Backwoods Of The South. Gradle Bird Is A Supreme Mix Of The Gritty, The Grotesque, And The Haunted. Any Fan Of Southern Fiction Will Be Transfixed, And Any Southern Writer Should Take Careful Note.”

– James Mcteer, Author Of Minnow

“Reminiscent of Faulkner, Gradle Bird is a magical gem of Southern writing.” 

– Mary Arno, author of Thanksgiving

LUSH, HAUNTING AND IMAGINATIVE, GRADLE BIRD marks J.C. Sasser as America’s new SOUTHERN GOTHIC DARLING, a name soon to be spoken alongside the likes of HARPER LEE and CARSON MCCULLERS.”   

 –Bren McClain, author of One Good Mama Bone

“J.C. Sasser can write a pretty sentence. That’s obvious. The prose in Gradle Bird is gorgeous and can hold its own with anything written by William Gay, or Barry Hannah and the like, but if you dig a little deeper, the real jewel is Miss Bird herself and the rest of the cast of characters that get in your head and become part of your life. So it’s also obvious that Sasser has been studying Elmore Leonard and Joe Lansdale as well. Her characters are vivid and bold, and most importantly, 100% Southern. There is magic in the South, and no one captures that better than Sasser has with Gradle Bird. The world at large argued that working class Southern literature died with Larry Brown. I’d counter that argument by handing them a copy of Gradle Bird. I personally hope Sasser has a lot more to say. The world of Southern fiction needs her.”

– Brian Panowich, Author of LIKE LIONS and BULL MOUNTAIN

“Gradle Bird is a dazzling debut dripping with detail and drenched with unforgettable characters. Heart-wrenched and rhythmic, Sasser’s language breathes life to the page.”

–David Joy, author of The Weight Of This World

“Gradle Bird gifts the reader with an astonishing spellbinding journey, one woven with prose that is not just poetry, but poetry laced with Southern colors and characters you will never forget. Gradle Bird stands alongside the classics of Southern literature.”

JJ Flowers, author of Juan Pablo and the Butterflies

“Sasser has written a vivid and violently tender story.  Landscape and people are both flawed and wounded, and their vulnerability is so raw, at times you want to turn away…but you can’t. We are brought into a world where there is as much  to fear as there is to love. With enough family secrets to make Faulkner blush, Gradle Bird infuses magical realism with classic southern gothic, taking the reader barreling down Georgia’s I-16 with an unforgettable cast of characters.”

– Michele Moore, author of The Cigar Factory

“Sasser’s voice is as unique as the characters she has so skillfully crafted. Gradle Bird is sure to sing to readers long after the final page.”

–Nicole Waggoner, author of Center Ring and The Act

“Here is my Stamp of Pulpwood Queen Approval!”
(Gradle Bird has been named a 2017 PQ Book Club read!)

–Kathy L. Murphy, aka The Pulpwood Queen

“Gradle Bird is edgy, thought-provoking, and anything but predictable.”

–Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan

“Anyone who doesn’t fall in love with Gradle Bird, the character, might want to stop by an Urgent Care facility for an EKG. Anyone not totally mesmerized by the world depicted in Gradle Bird, the novel, might as well forfeit his or her Human Being ID card. J.C. Sasser’s invented a complex, big-hearted, dirt-road-smart protagonist surrounded by hilarious one-of-a-kind characters (and a ghost). Absurd, yet utterly believable. Southern, yet universal. I’m jealous.” –George Singleton, author of The Half-Mammals of Dixie


“Gradle Bird is a dazzling debut dripping with detail and drenched with unforgettable characters. Heart-wrenched and rhythmic, Sasser’s language breathes life to the page.” –David Joy, author of The Weight Of This World


“Think Flannery O’Connor riffing Elmore Leonard and you get some sense of this wildly inventive, picaresque novel that stretches the boundaries of what it means to be family and what it costs to love and be loved.  But don’t get me wrong. J.C. Sasser writes in her own lyrical style, weaving often tragicomic events into a mosaic of  sometimes hallucinogenic wonder.  Her characters seemed swept up in an arc of ever-pending disaster. And yet in the unforgettable presence of Gradle Bird herself, the book’s 16-year-old chief protagonist,  you learn how redemption can stumble into our lives at the unlikeliest of times from the unlikeliest of places.” –Ken Wells, author of Meely LaBauve


“Lush, haunting and imaginative, Gradle Bird marks J.C. Sasser as America’s new Southern Gothic darling, a name soon to be spoken alongside the likes of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers.” –Bren McClain, author of One Good Mama Bone


“J.C. Sasser takes us on a romp of an adventure through the life, eyes and heart of Gradle Bird‘s dark and twisted, but loving and hilarious world in rural Georgia. Gradle Bird reads like it was written, in collaboration, by the ghosts of Flannery O’Connor and Florence King, while finishing off a bottle of Battlefield Bourbon. And truth is, if it had been the fruit of the ghosts of two of the South’s darkest and wittiest writers, we could only hope that they would continue the collaboration. But we’re in luck as J.C. Sasser is alive and well and, hopefully, will be telling her stories for years to come. It’s a wonderful story, a wonderful book.” – Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South and The Orphan Mother


“Gradle Bird is a dark Southern gothic teeming with bizarre characters lovingly drawn and perverse plot twists wrought by a master storyteller. This book—or perhaps J.C. Sasser’s brilliantly imaginative mind—should come with caution tape around it. Stunned me again and again.”–Nicole Seitz, author of The Cage-maker and Saving Cicadas


“Any book that begins with the title character giving someone the bird on I-16 really speaks to my soul. Gradle Bird is like a good country song, and it features some of the finest cursing I’ve ever read. Christians are going to love this book!” –Harrison Scott Key, author of The World’s Largest Man


“Sasser has written a vivid and violently tender story.  Landscape and people are both flawed and wounded, and their vulnerability is so raw, at times you want to turn away…but you can’t. We are brought into a world where there is as much  to fear as there is to love. With enough family secrets to make Faulkner blush. Gradle Bird infuses magical realism with classic southern gothic, taking the reader barreling down Georgia’s I-16 with an unforgettable cast of characters.”– Michele Moore, author of The Cigar Factory


“J.C. Sasser can write a pretty sentence. That’s obvious. The prose in Gradle Bird is gorgeous and can hold its own with anything written by William Gay, or Barry Hannah and the like, but if you dig a little deeper, the real jewel is Miss Bird herself and the rest of the cast of characters that get in your head and become part of your life. So it’s also obvious that Sasser has been studying Elmore Leonard and Joe Lansdale as well. Her characters are vivid and bold, and most importantly, 100% Southern. There is magic in the South, and no one captures that better than Sasser has with Gradle Bird. The world at large argued that working class Southern literature died with Larry Brown. I’d counter that argument by handing them a copy of Gradle Bird. I personally hope Sasser has a lot more to say. The world of Southern fiction needs her.”Brian Panowich, Author of LIKE LIONS and BULL MOUNTAIN


Gradle Bird is 16 when her grandpa Leonard decides they need to move from the Fireside Motel to a condemned house in Janesboro, Georgia, where a dead woman waits in the attic for the end of her life waltz. In a narrative that moves back and forth through time and sanity and reality, Gradle finds that nothing she has ever believed is true and everything she knows about her life and her family is as ephemeral as a spent moonflower. J.C. Sasser’s story traces the tragic legacy of teenagers torn apart by forbidden love: one driven to madness and then an unspeakable act, the other to a life chasing after normalcy that never came. Reminiscent of Faulkner, Gradle Bird is a magical gem of Southern writing.”  – Mary Arno, author of Thanksgiving


“I was caught in Gradle Bird’s spell from the very first lines. J.C. Sasser draws a magnificently weird cast of characters into a Gothic tale that could only come out of the backwoods of the South. Gradle Bird is a supreme mix of the gritty, the grotesque, and the haunted. Any fan of Southern fiction will be transfixed, and any Southern writer should take careful note.” – James McTeer, author of Minnow


“Gradle Bird gifts the reader with an astonishing spellbinding journey, one woven with prose that is not just poetry, but poetry laced with Southern colors and characters you will never forget. Gradle Bird stands alongside the classics of Southern literature.” JJ Flowers, author of Juan Pablo and the Butterflies


“Sasser’s voice is as unique as the characters she has so skillfully crafted. Gradle Bird is sure to sing to readers long after the final page.” –Nicole Waggoner, author of Center Ring and The Act


“…I loved being pulled into this mysterious world of love, loss, hope, magic, and ghosts. Gradle Bird is a tale of self-discovery and redemption set in a bizarre world. It explores jealousy, fatherly love, the complexities of human cruelty, and the consequences of guilt. Joy and tears mix in this coming of age tale, which is beautifully rendered in Sasser’s evocative prose.” Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin for Story Circle Book Reviews


“Here is my Stamp of Pulpwood Queen Approval!”
(Gradle Bird has been named a 2017 PQ Book Club read!)

–Kathy L. Murphy, aka The Pulpwood Queen


Gradle Bird Named Spring 2017 Okra Pick by SIBA!


“Gradle Bird is edgy, thought-provoking, and anything but predictable.” –Midwest Book Review Diane Donovan


Gradle Bird listed on Deep South Magazine’s 2017 Summer Reading List!


“I loved being pulled into this mysterious world of love, loss, hope, magic, and ghosts. Gradle Bird is a tale of self-discovery and redemption set in a bizarre world…Joy and tears mix in this coming of age tale, which is beautifully rendered in Sasser’s evocative prose.” — Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin for Story Circle Book Reviews


5 Star Customer Reviews (From Amazon.com)

Five Stars By Trudie Quick on July 10, 2017
Original tale, with richly descriptive scenery and characters. Southern gothic ghost story you will not want to put down!

Five Stars By Robert on July 9, 2017
Very awesome book! Keeps you guessing until the very end! A must read!

Gradle Bird By Susan Bishop on July 9, 2017
This is one of the best books I have read. It was hard to put down! The characters are so life like. It makes you realize that life is hard and circumstances dictate your lot in life. I felt so much pain and desperation for Gradle when she asked Sonny Joe to rescue her. Such sweet innocence. Thank you J.C. Sasser.

Five Stars By wendy fries on July 9, 2017
I couldn’t put this book down!

Fantasic, fantastical and deeply satisfying to the last word.
By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2017
Agree with all of the other wonderful reviews. This novel is must-read and should be required reading for any student of literature!

A Must Read!!! By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2017
Loved reading Gradle Bird…growing up in small town & the mischief kids get in…Gradle Bird grabs you & can’t put it down!!! All emotions in this book!! Great book, JC Sasser!!!

A southern treasure for sure ! By Teresa on July 8, 2017
This author’s descriptive narrative pulled me right into Gradle’s world full of love, mystery, pain and True Friendship.

Hauntingly beautiful By A. Yoakleyon July 7, 2017
I was mesmerized. Couldn’t put it down and then when it was over, I was sad there was no more. Beautifully written. Can’t wait to see what she writes next!

Well-written and poetic By Dez Non July 7, 2017 I rarely give any book I read 5 stars, reserving them for only the best. This book deserves 5. First, a disclosure – I am acquainted with the author. I met her through my work and thought she was lovely. She emailed me to remind me that her book was being published with a list of signing locations. As a result, I have a signed and inscribed copy of Grable Bird. However that in no way is the reason for the 5 stars. She is just the reason I read the book.
I’m not quite sure how to describe Gradle Bird. The author described it to me as a “Southern Gothic.” The back says it is a “Coming of Age” story. Both are true. But it is also a ghost story, a haunted house story, a story about friendship, about family, about poverty, and about love. The book just has it all. We begin with Gradle and her grandfather, leaving their home at an interstate truck stop motel for the old Spivey house in Janesboro, GA. Upon arriving, we meet a kaleidoscope of characters including: Annalee Spivey, the former owner and current ghostly occupant of Spivey house; Sonny Joe and Ceif, two boys living in a church in the woods who make their living holding bouts of fish fighting; and most importantly Delvis, with his code name, bounties on his head, and his own brand of copyrighted of music. Using these wonderful characters, the author creates a unique Southern story of friendship and love. Gradle’s sweet disposition and desire to be a good person enables her to befriend a truly unique individual, whom the entire town merely sees as the village idiot, if they see him at all. Unfortunately, as a result of her friendship and attention, Gradle puts Delvis in a bad spot, resulting in (more) harassment by the Sonny Joe and Ceif, who are both vying for her attention.
Well-written and poetic, Grable Bird is a gem. Truly a remarkable read and worth your time.
I cannot fail to mention the book itself. The publisher, Koehler Books, did a wonderful job of giving life to Delvis’ character. Every note of Delvis’ is written as though he had done it himself – with the i’s dotted with eyes, and the addition of the butterflies, flowers and hearts that Delvis added into Gradle’s letters. I can’t imagine it was easy to add such things into the text but it made his letters come alive in the pages, as though we were actually reading them. It is such a wonderful touch that I felt it worth mentioning.

Quite a fascinating read! By martha cummingson July 5, 2017
Quite a fascinating read! I found each character so interesting and real- and the context then still applies to present day- Sasser’s creative twists kept me engaged throughout and I will definitely be serving up this one for bookgroup in September-

Southern or not, this book will bring the south into your home and heart!! By Barb R on July 5, 2017
Fabulous read. The characters make you laugh, cry, cringe and not want to put the book down. A relevant topic of bullying gone too far and the real consequences of one doing so. The story grabs you from page 1 and takes you to the south in small-town Georgia. A must read…..I cannot wait to see what J.C. Sasser has in store for us next…maybe a sequel?

Not to be missed! By kristinATL on July 3, 2017
What an captivating book! The characters are enchanting, the story mesmerizing. It took me longer to read the last few pages than it did the whole book – I just didn’t want to say goodbye. This is an incredible first novel from newcomer J.C. Sasser.

unique characters and never allows for a dull moment. It is a great read for all By D. Attebery on July 3, 2017
Gradle Bird is full of mysterious, unique characters and never allows for a dull moment. It is a great read for all ! 

If you want to read a book with absolutely unforgettable characters woven into a beautifully sewn story line within the backdrop 
By TheodoraGz on July 2, 2017
Gradle Bird is a highly imaginative literary whirlwind and one you do not want to miss! I am still recovering from this tremendous piece of work and I am overwhelmed at JC Sasser’s talents. What a way to launch what is surely going to be an astounding career in literature. If you want to read a book with absolutely unforgettable characters woven into a beautifully sewn story line within the backdrop of the enigmatic South, this is the one for you!

Brilliant debut from JC Sasser! By Carrie A Vawter on July 2, 2017
Colorful characters, you won’t want to leave Gradle, Grandpa and Delvis behind once you’ve finished. Brilliant debut from this author, I’m ready for more from her!

Summer in South Georgia…heat, dirt roads, gnats and unforgettable characters By Margaret C. on July 2, 2017
Intriguing characters and creative writing.. You won’t be sorry your read “Gradle Bird”. In fact you will miss the characters when you turn the final page. It’s been 10 days and my mind keeps returning to their stories. JC’s prose flows beautifully and her descriptions are flawless. I could feel the heat rising off I-16 in the opening sentence and knew I had found a talented new author. Congratulations, Jana!

A must Southern read! on July 2, 2017
This Southern novel is a must read. It sucks me in from the first line. I fell in love with the characters Gradle Bird and her grandfather Leonard. And Ceif Walker was a interesting character. It was a wonderful and bizarre world to read about. The author’s writing style is wonderful. The story flows and sucks you in. I can’t wait to read more by this author. I loved Southern author Pat Conroy. And since he as left this world now, may he rest in peace. I’m so happy that we now have another Southern author J.C. Sasser. Thank you J.C. for a wonderful book. Best of luck to you in the future.

Great Summer Book By Amazon Customer on June 30, 2017
I fell In love with Gradle Bird and D-5. This book grabbed my attention and I felt like I was in the book with them. I would highly recommend his book. I read it while sitting on the beach and could not put it down.

It will also make you cry as you feel as if you are actually standing close by watching as this amazing story unfolds By Pam Williamson June 30, 2017 This book will make you laugh. It will also make you cry as you feel as if you are actually standing close by watching as this amazing story unfolds. You will put other things on hold just to be able to move on to the next chapter. Each character stands out as they are described with such colorful personalities. I grew up in Metter, Georgia and I knew D-5. He may have not made it to Nashville but Jana, just look where you have taken him. He would be so proud! This is a must read. J. C Sasser please bring us more

Gradle Bird is a poor young teenager struggling in a small southern town By Robert Kennedy on June 29, 2017
Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of reading the new novel, GRADLE GIRD, by J.C. Sasser. It still has a hold on me–or haunts me. Maybe both. Gradle Bird is a poor young teenager struggling in a small southern town. She deals with two life situations to which we all can relate. Like many young girls she seeks the love and acceptance of the father figure in her life and she confronts the way we treat people who are different. Ms. Sasser weaves this tale with truck stops, a stately old home which has fallen on hard times, ghosts, two good ole boys, a good dog and the uniquely peculiar, Delvis. I enjoyed it so much it makes me want to go home. Look in your rear view mirror Ms. Lee, there may be someone there.

Fascinating! By Carolyn in Carolina on June 28, 2017
This was honestly one of the best books I have read in a long time. It felt like a hauntingly familiar, yet different, southern novel. JC Sasser did a wonderful job with creating characters that were unique, but so lifelike at the same time. I read this book in less than 2 days. I simply could not put it down! It was so lifelike that I actually felt like I had been watching a movie. I can’t wait to see if JC Sasser writes a sequel. It would also make a wonderful movie and I hope that a producer sees the potential here. I believe the genre of this book is called “southern Gothic”, which I was previously unfamiliar with.

The characters are as well drawn as anyone in Midnight of the Garden of Good and Evil ByAmazon Customer on June 28, 2017
This writer is talented! Engaging. Page turner. Southern. The characters are as well drawn as anyone in Midnight of the Garden of Good and Evil. One of the most interesting books I’ve read in years! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

A must read book for lovers of Southern Literature By K. Davison June 28, 2017
I could not put this book down. It sent my mind racing straight back to my small town childhood. I can’t wait for her next book!

Outstanding! By william l franklin on June 28, 2017
From beginning to end Gradle Bird is one of the most captivating and unforgettable books I have read in a long time. The vivid and complex characters meld with a unique and imaginative storyline to pull you into Gradle’s world and keep you riveted there until the very end. While comparisons to Flannery O’Conner and Harper Lee are certainly warranted, J.C. Sasser is a truly original Southern author and I can’t wait to read her next book.

This is the best fiction that I have read in years By Sally S. Shannon on June 28, 2017
This is the best fiction that I have read in years. If a reader has an interest in a delightful Southern read, this is it. I couldn’t put it down.

A soon-to-be Southern classic By Amazon Customer on June 28, 2017
From the very first page GrAdle Bird pulled me into a world of anguish, sympathy, wonder and, yes, even a bit of humor. Sasser’s gift of descriptive writing evoked feelings of hot steamy damp days and nights in south Georgia with its proliferation of carpeting weeds and muddy dirt roads. She addresses timely issues of bullying, loneliness and ultimate redemption with tenderness and grace. I plan to read it again to find the subtle nuances I might have missed on the first read. This book and its author are destined for greatness. 

It could be a classic and JC Sasser could go down as one of our best.. By JJ Flowers on June 27, 2017
The prose is poetry, every sentence has spark. The characters are the most memorable to appear in print in decades. It could be a classic and JC Sasser could go down as one of our best…

The characters are wonderfully flawed and relatable By ksfon June 27, 2017
Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. This is a captivating read. The characters are wonderfully flawed and relatable; Their lives are intertwined beautifully. The ending is perfection.

A must read for anyone, especially those that called the south home as a child… By David S Sivick on June 26, 2017
When you finish a book in one sitting you know it’s good. That’s just what happened to me with Gradle Bird. JC has a way of transporting you back to your childhood. She writes her main scenes in the early 1990’s but flashbacks take you from the 1930’s up until the books present day. She brings her characters to life in such a way you think you have know them your entire life. Once you are comfortable with them she takes you on a journey in which you are more and more interested with each page turn. If you are looking for a book that can make make you smell Southeast Georgia on warm summer night, then Gradle Bird is a book for you. If you don’t fall in the love with both Gradle Bird the character and Gradle Bird then you truly cant appreciate art in written form.

A Fine Piece of Work By Kelly Durham on June 26, 2017
It’s a shame that I can read faster than JC Sasser can write, because Gradle Bird left me wanting more: more of the humid Southern, small town setting, more of the vivid, quirky characters, and more of the wonderful story-telling. Sasser’s writing is such that I felt like I was watching from just off the page as the story unfolded. Here is a book you will savor, eager to see how it finishes up, then sad when you reach the end. Gradle Bird is a fine piece of work. Highly recommended.

A mystifying new southern classic that you won’t be able to put down from the first page. By Jim on June 25, 2017
From the first few sentences you know you’re holding something spectacular in your hand that is going to move you. By the time you’re at the end of the first chapter, you’re so enthralled you cannot put this uniquely enchanting debut novel down. When you’re done, you’re filled with swirling emotions that tell you that you know you’re going to read this again just to be sure you didn’t miss a single word.
JC Sasser has captured me and taken me on a down a country dirt road into a world filled with the most colorful characters with secrets to tell. And the way she does it is so unique, so vivid, so mesmerizing that I can only be left wanting more.
If you are looking for something to read this summer while on vacation, sitting by your pool or just to occupy an entire weekend, this is the book to buy right now.

Excellent book By M Franklin on June 25, 2017
Complex characters….great story….wonderful book!

Bravo — a wonderfully refreshing story told in an astonishingly authentic voice By Karin K on June 23, 2017
Bravo — a wonderfully refreshing story told in an astonishingly authentic voice; couldn’t put it down and it left me wanting much more. I had the privilege of hearing a small portion of Gradle Bird at a book reading a few years ago and have been impatiently waiting for the full book to be published — definitely worth the wait! Looking forward to more works from this excellent author!

J.C. Sasser transports the reader to another …By Vicki L. on June 23, 2017
J.C.Sasser transports the reader to another time and place with Gradle Bird. The rich words of the author paint the deep south and all the colorful, yet deeply intriguing and sometimes troubling characters that live there. It’s a book that you will “ponder” long after the last page is read. Where is Delvis? What is the relationship between Grandpa and Gradle Bird? What happened to Sonny Joe? I can’t wait for more from J.C. Sasser!

A true original and an outstanding read! By Charleston Reader on June 22, 2017
Be prepared to put everything else on hold, this book will grip you. Easily the most original book I’ve read in years, and it’s a tremendous story. JC Sasser will put you through the emotional ringer, breaking your heart, making you mad, and getting you to root for a truly unique cast of characters. And I can’t even begin to tell you what a gift for descriptions JC has. When she tells you about it, you can smell the sweat, see the truck stop hooker and feel the rain dripping through the roof. If you’re a reader, this is the quality of book you’re hoping for every time you pick one up. If you have any writing aspirations, it’s the kind of book that makes you realize what great writing and creativity really looks like.

A beautiful story that transports its reader into the Gothic South By Christie on June 22, 2017
A beautiful story that transports its reader into the Gothic South. Dark, beautiful, gritty, warm, humorous, and intriguing. I was so sad when I reached the end. I wanted more of this beautifully written tale and its characters. I can’t wait to read J.C. Sasser’s future works.

A Wonderful Story of Friendship and Family By Chris Brown on June 22, 2017
Gradle Bird is one of the best books I’ve read. There are no words to sufficiently describe how I felt while reading it. It was just like I was there along with the characters with each new turn of the page.
J.C. Sasser, be proud of this masterpiece you’ve written. I have no doubt you will go far with it.

Gradle Bird Enthralls By Amazon Customer on June 22, 2017
An excellent read. Five stars.

Gradle Bird is a great book by a local author rich with vivid characters By Kevin Hendrix on June 22, 2017
Gradle Bird is a great book by a local author rich with vivid characters. I finished reading it the next day after receiving a copy!

Incredibly beautiful! By J. Trapnell on June 20, 2017
Gradle Bird could very well become a new Southern classic. Its eloquent prose, laced with gritty, often comedic, dialogue will appeal to the serious reader of literary fiction, as well as to the casual reader in search of a spellbinding tale. It superbly weaves the stories of a handful of social misfits, outcasts, and a ghost into an inspiring tale that shows how the power of love can triumph over guilt, loss, isolation, and tragedy. Be prepared. Gradle Bird will draw you in, chew you up, and linger with you for days, leaving you a more thoughtful, better person in the process. Worthy of 5 fabulous stars!

Love this book By Cheryl Williams on June 20, 2017
Love this book! Unforgettable characters in a perfectly drawn setting. Deals with serious subjects, but somehow never feels dark. In fact, there’s often a whimsical overlay. It’s hard to explain. You just need to read, enjoy, and learn by reading this book.

Powerful Storytelling Five Stars By Amazon Customer on June 19, 2017
A Southern Gothic Tour de force. Unbelievably original. Majestic as hell.

Amazing!! By Amazon Customer on June 19, 2017
Amazing!!! This book kept me riveted. So gritty and honest. It is a hauntingly, beautifully written reminder of the power in redemption. A must read. Can’t wait for her next book.

Wow! By Amazon Customer on June 19, 2017
Wow!! I could not put this book down as I was desperate to find out what happened next. Poetic yet suspenseful. Beautiful yet dirty (in a good way). I don’t know what I want more…..a sequel or the movie. I want to see where Gradle et al are now, yet I want to see them come to life. I do know I want to read more from J.C. Sasser.

Best book of the summer! By Amazon Customer on June 19, 2017
A book to remember! It’s so well written. Makes you feel you are in the story. So descriptive and unique. A masterpiece. I loved it!

compelling and original By Christie McLendon on June 19, 2017
When a book’s characters come so alive in my imagination that I can’t put it down and finish it in one day..then you know it was amazing. I could smell the rain in the distance and hear the thunder it seemed. So rich with detail and compelling characters and a truly heartfelt story of family secrets that should tear us apart but in the end make us realize we are the stronger person for surviving it all. Loved every minute of it.

Loved Gradle Bird and couldn’t put it down By Jeffrey Stauch on June 18, 2017
What a treat this book is. Loved Gradle Bird and couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait for the next book from this rising star!

One of my new all time favorite books! I can’t wait to see what this … By Frannie Kimsey on June 18, 2017O
ne of my new all time favorite books! I can’t wait to see what this author does next. I couldn’t put this book down.

A fascinating, fast-paced read with the most unique characters! By Shari Stauch on June 17, 2017
This one goes into my top 10 list… a picture of the south painted so brilliantly other writers may just stop. But seriously, I love the Scout Finch-like spunk of the character Gradle Bird (though she is a true original), and the fascinating supporting characters (swear I grew up with a couple of these guys!) And all the while the author handles a subject that is paramount on our minds these days — the real consequences of taking a prank too far and the long-term effects of bullying another human being. I wish this was a series, and hope to see more soon from this author. Move on over, Harper Lee… Gradle Bird’s got all the right stuff to make this author a legend in the rich lexicon of southern literature 🙂

I think I’ll go with stunning after all. By William Lobb on June 16, 2017
I was given an copy of your book. I honestly cannot stop reading it. I don’t have a clue what to say. You are a painter. Maybe stunning is the right word, maybe not. I think I hate you are such a phenomenonal writer, I spent the first ten minutes reading this book bathed in childish jealousy. I love the opportunity to experience your work. Once in a while I stumble upon something so unusual, so unique, I can’t even explain its draw, that’s exactly what this work does. It drew me in immediately and kept me completely immersed.
This book, your work, is just so good!

A must read! By Brittany R.on June 15, 2017
Gradle Bird is a heart-wrenching tale of family secrets and generational curses written with beautiful prose so entrenching, you won’t want to put it down. The story follows Gradle Bird, a 16-year-old girl desperately trying to earn the love of her grandfather, Leonard. They are dysfunctional to say the least, but family is family, and Leonard is all Gradle has.
After living her whole life in a seedy motel on the side of Georgia’s I-16, grandpa uproots them to a tattered old house rumored by the citizens of the town to be haunted by the Ghost of one Annalee Spivey. When Grandpa plunges himself into fixing the dilapidated old home, ignoring Gradle more than usual, Gradle wanders off and finds trouble like any good teenager would.
But more than trouble, she finds companionship in three unlikely people. Sonny Joe, and Ceif are two lovable misfits. Sonny Joe just oozes bad boy, and his obsession with Gradle Bird will make you cringe every time you turn the page. You’ll love to hate him, and you’ll hate to love him.
Ceif Walker is a bible-thumping cripple whose story will tear at the edges of your heart and make it beat a little faster. His obsession with Sonny Joe will surprise you as you travel through Gradle’s story.
And last but not least, Gradle meets a real true friend in schizophrenic genius, D5 Delvis Miles. The bond between them is built on guilt, and solidified with a magical understanding. But when Gradle lets the outside world into Delvis’s imaginary one, the unthinkable happens.
This book is full of rich characters that will haunt you long after you’ve stopped turning its pages. A coming of age story like no other that offers a message of the healing powers of self discovery and the victory found in overcoming guilt. Follow Gradle as she sets herself free.

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