Early Reviews!

In every soul there is a story to be told, and in every story there is a song to be heard. Musical, passionate, and introspective, Purchase is a novel about the strange necessity of art and living, and the undefined line in between, which makes both pursuits worthwhile. 

Yiyun Li, author of 
Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life and Kinder Than Solitude

Christopher K. Doyle’s Purchase is a lyrical narrative with a picaresque bent and big ideas. It’s about roots music and racism and desperate love and so much more, set vividly in 1930s America. You’ll find adventure here and plenty to think about. It’s a great debut.

Ron Tanner, author of Missile Paradise

Christopher K. Doyle

Author / Songwriter

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The cover image of Purchase the novel is shown. A top quote reads: "O, what would you give in exchange for your soul?" The author's name at bottom reads: Christopher K. Doyle


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Chris plays a guitar and lokks down.

Christopher K. Doyle grew up in Brunswick, Maryland, a small town nestled on the banks of the Potomac River and Blue Ridge Mountains. After receiving his MFA from the University of Baltimore, he's written about the origins of country music, an embattled elementary school principal in urban America, and the C&O Canal. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, daughter, and bluetick coonhound all in a cramped row house.


"Booksong" is the only term I've heard that describes the reading performance behind the Purchase book tour. Passages will be read from Purchase as in a regular reading. Songs will then be performed from Harlequin Road that correspond in theme/character/mood to the written passage. Hopefully, something magical will happen and the similarities and differences in each piece will be seen as part of a larger story.

November 17, 2018 - 5 pm

Smoketown Brewing Station  - Brunswick, MD - Saturday, 5 PM

I will be playing several songs from Harlequin Road as Smoketown's brewer Greg Nichols unveils the Harlequin Road Ale!


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