Daniel Wallace presents THIS ISN'T GOING TO END WELL

Daniel Wallace presents It's Not Going to End Well on Thursday June 1

 

Thursday, June 1, 2023 - Signing Line at 5:30 pm, Talk begins at 6:00 pm

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Flyleaf will offer seating for up to 60 in-person guests, with priority access given to folks who purchase the book. Masks recommended.

This event is co-sponsored by Carolina Public Humanities. For those not attending in person, you can register here to watch live.


In this powerful memoir, the bestselling author of Big Fish tries to come to terms with the life and death of his multi-talented longtime friend and brother-in-law, who had been his biggest hero and inspiration, in a poignant, lyrical, and moving memoir.

If we're lucky, we all encounter at least one person whose life elevates and inspires our own. For acclaimed novelist Daniel Wallace, he had one hero and inspiration for so much of what followed: his longtime friend and brother-in-law William Nealy. Seemingly perfect, impossibly cool, William was James Dean, Clint Eastwood, and MacGyver all rolled into one, an acclaimed outdoorsman, a famous cartoonist, an accomplished author, a master of all he undertook, William was the ideal that Daniel sought to emulate.

But when William took his own life at age 48, Daniel was left first grieving, and then furious with the man who broke his and his sister's hearts. That anger led him to commit a grievous act of his own, a betrayal that took him down a dark path into the tortured recesses of William's past. Eventually, a new picture of William emerged, of a man with too many secrets and too much shame to bear.

This Isn't Going to End Well is Daniel Wallace's first foray into nonfiction. Part love story, part true crime, part a desperate search for the self and how little we really can know another, This Isn't Going to End Well tells an intimate and moving story of what happens when we realize our heroes are human.


Daniel Wallace is the author of six novels, including Big Fish, which was adapted and released as a movie and a Broadway musical. His novels have been translated into over three-dozen languages. His essays and interviews have been published in The Bitter Southerner, Garden & Gun, Poets & Writers and Our State magazine, where he was, for a short time, the barbecue critic. His short stories have appeared in over fifty magazines and periodicals. He was awarded the Harper Lee Award, given to a nationally recognized Alabama writer who has made a significant lifelong contribution to Alabama letters. He was inducted into the Alabama Literary Hall of Fame in 2022. He is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 1, 2023 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
This Isn't Going to End Well: The True Story of a Man I Thought I Knew By Daniel Wallace Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781643752105
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 11th, 2023

Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions By Daniel Wallace Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781616201647
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 15th, 2012

27 Views of Chapel Hill: A Southern University Town in Prose & Poetry By Daniel Wallace (Introduction by), Elizabeth Spencer (Contribution by), William Leuchtenburg (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Daniel Wallace (Introduction by), Elizabeth Spencer (Contribution by), William Leuchtenburg (Contribution by)
$16.50
ISBN: 9780982077191
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Published: Eno Publishers - September 12th, 2011