Matthew Guinn's debut novel The Resurrectionist was released by W.W. Norton & Company in July 2013 and is an Edgar Award Nominee for 2014.

Nemo Johnston was one of many Civil War-era "resurrectionists" responsible for procuring human corpses for doctors' anatomy training. More than a century later, Dr. Jacob Thacker, a young medical resident on probation for Xanax abuse and assigned to work public relations for his medical school's dean, finds himself facing a moral dilemma when a campus renovation unearths the bones of dissected African American slaves--a potential PR disaster for the school. Will Jacob, still a stranger to his own history, continue to be complicit in the dean's cover-up, or will he risk his entire career to force the school to face its dark past?


To learn more, listen to Matthew in an MPB radio interview here or a Memphis radio interview with Stephen Usery here.


“The best novel I've read in years, and absolutely the best first novel I've ever read, The Resurrectionist is just magnificent, a masterpiece. Surprising, compelling, moving, shocking, and satisfying.”

--Chris Offutt, author of Kentucky Straight


"Matthew Guinn has done something truly extraordinary here; he's written a novel that is not only riveting and beautifully written, but one that dares to step into the long shadow of class and race in this country, a shadow into which Guinn shines a natural-born storyteller's  illuminating light. The Resurrectionist is a stunning debut."

--Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog and Townie

"A spectacular novel that seamlessly connects fact and fiction, past and present. Matthew Guinn is a novelist who possesses that rarest and most underrated of literary gifts--how to tell a story in such a way that the reader surrenders completely to its power."

--Ron Rash, author of Serena and The Cove​

"I just finished Matthew Guinn's fine new novel The Resurrectionist with a rare sense of excitement. It's relentlessly compelling, thoughtful, intelligent and just plain wise. It's a shame Robert Penn Warren is no longer with us, because this is a book he would love."

--Steve Yarbrough, author of The End of California and Safe From the Neighbors