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The Crow Valley Karaoke Championships

by (author) Ali Bryan

Henry Holt and Co.
Initial publish date
Jul 2023
Small Town & Rural
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Award-winning author Ali Bryan's The Crow Valley Karaoke Championships blends the offbeat humor and warmth of Schitt's Creek with the wit and grit of Mostly Dead Things and follows five people who discover love, second chances, and newfound hope as the town's biggest night of the year spirals into chaos.

A year after forest fires sweep through the town of Crow Valley and claim the life of Dale Jepson - karaoke legend, local prison guard, and all-around good guy" - the community holds a karaoke competition. But when a convicted arsonist escapes from nearby Crow Valley Correctional, the residents learn there's more on the line than a trip to the National Karaoke Championships. Marriages are at stake, jobs are jeopardized, sobrieties threatened, and second chances start to slip away as thecommunity is forced, once again through misfortune, to rally together to save themselves and one another.

Told from alternating POVs, each with an intimate connection to the deceased Dale, The Crow Valley Karaoke Championships is a story about the fires we all fight in life - from the smoldering embers to the blazing infernos - and how, ultimately, there is dignity in the struggle to keep singing, to keep fighting, to keep going, to keep living no matter how high the flames get.

About the author

Ali Bryan is a personal trainer who grew up in Halifax and attended high school in Sackville, New Brunswick. She is a graduate of St. Mary's University and completed a graduate certificate in creative writing from the Humber School for Writers under the tutelage of Paul Quarrington. She was a finalist in the 2010 CBC Canada Writes literary contest for her essay "Asshole Homemaker" and a bronze medalist in the 2012 Canada Writes literary triathlon. Ali lives in Calgary with her husband and three children. Her real name is Alexandra. Roost is her first novel.

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