the fabled earth



Inspired by the little-known history of Cumberland Island, The Fabled Earth is a sweeping story of family lore and the power of finding your own voice as Southern mythology and personal reckoning collide with a changing world.

1932. Cumberland Island off the coast of Southern Georgia is a strange place to encounter the opulence of the Gilded Age, but the last vestiges of the famed philanthropic Carnegie family still take up brief seasonal residence in their grand mansions there. This year's party at Plum Orchard is a lively group: young men from some of America's finest families come to experience the area's hunting beside a local guide; a beautiful debutante expecting to be engaged by the week's end, and a promising female artist who believes she has meaningful ties to her wealthy hosts. But when temptations arise and passions flare, an evening of revelry and storytelling goes horribly awry. Lives are both lost and ruined.

1959. Reclusive painter Cleo Woodbine has lived alone for decades on Kingdom Come, a tiny strip of land once occupied by the servants for the great houses on nearby Cumberland. When she is visited by the man who saved her life nearly thirty years earlier, a tempest is unleashed as the stories of the past gather and begin to regain their strength. Frances Flood is a folklorist come to Cumberland Island seeking the source of a legend - and also information about her mother, who was among the guests at a long-ago hunting party. Audrey Howell, briefly a newlywed and now newly widowed, is running a local inn. When she develops an eerie double exposure photograph, some believe she's raised a ghost--someone who hasn't been seen since that fateful night in 1932.

As a once-in-a-century storm threatens the natural landscape and shifting tides reveal what Cumberland Island has hidden all along, two timelines and the perspectives of three women intersect to illuminate the life-changing power of finding truth in a folktale.


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“Kimberly Brock’s The Fabled Earth is a compelling novel that will captivate readers who cherish richly woven tales of history, family secrets, and the mystical allure of the southern landscape. In this novel, Brock masterfully creates a narrative that is both enchanting and profoundly moving. Fans of the atmospheric storytelling found in Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale will be enthralled by Brock’s ability to evoke a sense of place and time. The Fabled Earth is more than a historical novel; it is a deep dive into the power of legends and the strength of women who seek the truth, no matter how buried it may be. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys the transformative power of storytelling.”

—Angela Jackson Brown,
author of Untethered

"The Fabled Earth is a gorgeous, place-based, dual-timeline historical novel, full of fully-realized, flawed and interesting characters. The setting of Cumberland Island and coastal Georgia is in its own a character, and Brock writes like the Southern storyteller she is: with heart, muscle, and magic."

—Goodreads review


"Wow. Kimberly Brock has such a lyrical, beautiful voice - she created shimmering threads and wove them together into a gorgeous story. It reminds me of many things: ghost stories and The Great Gatsby, and fairy tales and epic Southern Fiction."

—Goodreads review


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Kimberly Brock is the award-winning author of The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare and The River Witch. She is the founder of Tinderbox Writers Workshop and has served as a guest lecturer for many regional and national writing workshops including at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. She lives near Atlanta with her husband and three children.