New Book: Family Meeting

Author, Miles DeMott
Author, Miles DeMott

Family Meeting

by Miles DeMott
Release Date: October 10, 2010

Local Author Calls a Family Meeting 

MONTGOMERY, AL - Word Truck Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Family Meeting, the exciting new novel from local author Miles DeMott. This quintessential Southern fiction follows an established family of means as they try to divest themselves of a defining family asset, all the while quietly asking the reader to stand back as the closet doors are flung open and the Camber Family skeletons are invited into the room to fix a drink and tell a story.

An extraordinary debut effort, Family Meeting explores the family behind the curtain, the sons and daughters working the levers and buttons feverishly to maintain appearances and expectations they neither completely understand nor even begin to share as they span the generations.

Written from multiple perspectives, this novel lays open the wound of family dysfunction as each of the characters pursues individual redemption for the collective and cumulative sins of the fathers and grandfathers that came before them.

Miles DeMott has been a writer for most of his life if you include the lesser genres of pithy holiday letters, wildly successful business plans, and moderately intelligible dissertations. His vocational pursuits have ranged widely from air traffic control to real estate development to high school and college teaching.

Now a recovering academic, he shepherds a small flock of diverse business interests and chases three dreams: his bride, their daughters, and the perfect story.

Family Meeting is scheduled for release on October 10th and will be available at and locally through Capitol Book & News in Montgomery's Cloverdale neighborhood.

Jacket Cover Excerpt

The Camber family, one of the oldest and most respected families in a city known for old and respected families, is about to sell Plantation Trust, the bank that cemented their fortune and made their name a household word. Although their lives seem to have been lived in full public view, this intensely private family is rife with secrets and scandals that potentially derail the sale and redefine the family itself as they meet each other again for the first time.

Cast with iron-fisted patriarchs, tight-lipped matriarchs, South American drug lords, and recently defrocked Baptist preachers, this bold debut novel explores the family behind the curtain, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, working the levers and buttons feverishly to maintain images and expectations they neither completely understand nor even begin to share as they span the generations, demonstrating that in both Charleston and the Camber family, surprises await behind the carefully-constructed facades.

The above press release reprinted with permission. Copyright 2010. WSFA 12 News.