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American Bourbon

When an illegal moonshine still explodes deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the McKinsey family's world-famous (and legal) whiskey, Bourbon Sweet Tea, is threatened. Government agents swarm the area, eager to implicate Sweet Tea founder Caleb McKinsey, who was a notorious bootlegger before going legit. His daughter Brigit is determined to remake the company against her father's will, even if it means dragging her brothers back into outlaw territory.


Reviews for American Bourbon


"Peopled with a cast of characters and a setting out of an early Cormac McCarthy novel, American Bourbon, like a fine bourbon itself, starts out with a burn, working its way through you, then settling into your bones, where memories of the journey, linger." - Jeff Talarigo, author of The Pearl Diver


"A day of reckoning, as thick as the fog in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, looms over the McKinsey clan in this spirited tale of fury, whiskey and grief. And while Jenkins' rendering of Caleb, the abusive and hard-driving patriarch who parlays an illegal moonshining operation into a multi-million dollar company, is harsh, there is grace to be found among his three grown children as they find their way back to one another. Illuminating, nuanced and heartfelt, American Bourbon is the story of how a family evolves, salves its wounds and moves forward."  - Laurie Loewenstein, author of Death of a Rainmaker 

About Jennifer Jenkins


Jennifer Jenkins' first novel, American Bourbon, was released by Northampton House Press on June 1, 2021. She has written fiction and nonfiction for NonBinary Review, Up North Lit, Canopy Review, Parentheses Journal, and Hippocampus Magazine, with an essay in the upcoming book anthology Breaking Silence from McFarland & Co. She was nominated for a PEN America Short Story Award and earned two honorable mentions for the Fiction Award from Glimmer Train. Jennifer has worked with Manhattan Theatre Club, Sondheim’s Young Playwrights, and the PBS series Great Performances. As a playwright, her work has been produced in New York and regionally. She is the founder and director of a PA Humanities Council supported multicultural children's theatre featuring original interactive folk tales such as Lon Popo (China), Coyote Trickster (Native America), and The Fairy Wife of Llyn Y Fan Fach (Wales). She has also adapted and directed Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for the stage. Jennifer holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and teaches theatre, speech, writing, and literature.

Events for American Bourbon


JUNE 1 American Bourbon publication day!


JUNE 9 @ 6 PM - Sit A Spell - reading, signing, books for purchase.


JUNE 10 @ 7 PM - Virtual book release with author reading, Q&A, and discussion. 


JUNE 14 @ 4 PM - PA Live! on WBRE TV - Author interview.


JUNE 15 @ 11 AM - ArtScene with Erika Funke on WVIA - Author interview.


JUNE 16 @ TBD - East Village Books, NYC; reading & signing, may be virtual.


JUNE 18 @ 5:30 PM - Tunkhannock Book Club - reading & signing.


JUNE 21 @ 4:00 PM - The Path to Publication - panel at Wilkes University featuring:

                 Sam Chiarelli, Jennifer Jenkins, Dawn Leas, Joyce Victor

                 Author reading, discussion, and signing, with books available for purchase. 


JUNE 24 @ 5:30 PM - LitFest at Wilkes featuring readings by:

                 Colum McCann, Maureen Corrigan, Beverly Donofrio

                 Author signing with books available for purchase.


JUNE 25 @ 6:00 PM  - Tunkhannock Public Library
                 In-person reading and signing with books available for purchase.

                 (A percentage of each book sold at this event will be donated to the Library.)


JULY 21 @ 6:00 PM - Bradford County Library - virtual reading & discussion.