Here's the cover for the new novel, Softspoken, due out April fifteenth.
Here's a review:
Here's what publishers weekly had to say:
"In this sultry contemporary Southern gothic from Shepard (Trujillo), Sanie
Bullard, a 28-year-old frustrated writer, is stuck in a stultifying marriage
and husband Jackson's dilapidated antebellum family mansion in South
Carolina, where the couple has returned so he can study for his bar exams in
peace. His brother, Will, is addled with peyote as well as the family's
weirdness; sister Louise is stranger still. Sanie, at loose ends in the
"eminently hauntable" family home, hears voices. Unafraid of the ghostly
voices, Sanie sees the house-and the Bullards-not as monstrous but as a
"frail, musty puzzle she wants to solve." However, the puzzle is stranger
and far darker than Sanie imagines. This memorable short novel careens
through the mundane realities of a Southern small town, from bizarre
revelations of decadent family history and strange supernatural theory to a
violent and unexpected conclusion"