Former UNC professor, writer and editor Christopher Brookhouse recently published his latest novel, “A Pinch of Salt.” He is the founding editor for Hitchcock Annual and an award-winning author of several novels, short stories and poetry collections.
Staff writer Amelia Keesler had a conversation with Brookhouse to discuss his novel, his career and more.
The Daily Tar Heel: Can you tell me about your latest novel, “A Pinch of Salt”?
Christopher Brookhouse: Well, it’s the first of four that deal with a rural sheriff. The time is set in the '50s, and the county is fictional, but it’s based more or less on Guilford County. The sheriff wanted to be a writer, he went to Chapel Hill, he was going to Harvard. World War II came along. He had a (medical condition), so he was not going to be in the service. And his uncle was the county attorney, and all the law enforcement officers had to go into the military, so his uncle told him he was a sheriff. He’s been there for a long time, and he’s getting kind of tired of it. He expects to not hold the office very much longer, but things come u,p and he has to stay.
DTH: What are the prominent themes in your novel?