J. Michael Dew was born and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania, a region he often explores in his writing. He is the author of Gadly Plain, a coming-of-age story about a girl forced to stare down a terrible darkness and The Land of Silence, a gripping, oftentimes disturbing tale of wicked lies and unthinkable acts. He is currently on the faculty at Georgia State University in Atlanta where he makes his home with his wife and three daughters.
The Land of Silence, as Flannery O'Connor says, is about how some people would do. Dew's Kinzua is hardscrabble country, and his people remind me of Dorothy Allison's, fueled by a meanness born of boredom." Stewart O’Nan, author of City of Secrets
"[Gadly Plain] sweeps us up into the rich yet simple world of an orphaned girl and a mysterious donkey, a world both familiar and mystical, melancholic and full of hope." Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fireproof and October Baby.