A Texas literary brouhaha over ‘All the Good That Remains’

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A brouhaha is brewing in Austin over allegations that Central Texas author B. Mitchell Cator has plagiarized other authors with his latest novel, “All the Good That Remains.”

On June 1, I got a press release about the book, and I was feeling a bit guilty for not having read it or assigned it for review. Now I’m feeling less guilty.

The June 1 release came from the PRNewswire and said, “An extraordinary new writer of immense power and tenderness, B. Mitchell Cator has written an unforgettable novel about longing, belonging, and friendship in a rural community lodged in the barren hills of Texas, where acceptance and change are rarely welcome. His novel, titled ‘All the God That Remains,’ (Anchor Hudson, 2016) debuts today and is available from booksellers everywhere.

The release described the main character as Deke, a loner and drifter with a good heart.

The release added: “Early praise for the novel includes Mary Helen Specht, author of bestseller ‘Migratory Animals.’ Specht says the novel is “Sharply written, fantastically plotted… gripping and moving… I couldn’t put this book down.” Kirkus Reviews gave “All the Good That Remains” a starred review, which is awarded to books of exceptional merit, and said, “The author writes beautifully: The lights atop the grain elevators ‘blinked like beacons, warning some things off and beckoning other things to come.’ In a sense, that passage describes this impressive book’s plot in a nutshell.” Lone Star Literary Life said “…well-written, engrossing… there is no denying that solid storytelling has shaped this absorbing Texas novel.”

Since the plagiarism allegations, the Kirkus Reviews piece has been removed from the site, as has the piece at Lone Star Literary Life.

Texas Monthly has posted an item detailing the charges of plagiarism. If you want to read it, go here.


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