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Boswell presents an evening with Juneau Black, the pen name of writing duo Sharon Nagel and Jocelyn Cole, the creators of Shady Hollow, a woodland mystery series conceived at Boswell and now published by the Vintage Crime / Black Lizard imprint of Penguin Random House.
This event is now Virtual Only. It will be broadcast via Zoom. Click right here to visit juneaublackmke.eventbrite.com and register for this virtual broadcast now. And be sure to preorder your copy of Shady Hollow today!
In the first book in the Shady Hollow series we are introduced to the village of Shady Hollow, a place where woodland creatures live together in harmony - until a curmudgeonly toad turns up dead and the local reporter has to solve the case! Reporter Vera Vixen is a relative newcomer. The fox has a nose for news, so when she catches wind that the death might be a murder, she resolves to get to the bottom of the case, no matter where it leads. As she stirs up still waters, the fox exposes more than one mystery, and discovers that additional lives are in jeopardy.
New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley calls Shady Hollow, "Watership Down meets Mickey Spillane. A mystery of rare and sinister charm." And Wisconsinite Amy E Reichert, author of novels such as The Kindred Spirits Supper Club, says, “Get ready to fall in love with Shady Hollow and its quirky cast of animal characters. Charming and clever, Juneau Black will take readers on a delightful ride as the mystery unfolds. I can’t wait to read more!”
As noted above, Juneau Black is the pen name of authors Jocelyn Cole and Sharon Nagel. They share a love of excellent bookshops, fine cheeses, and good murders (in fictional form only). Though they are two separate people, if you ask either of them a question about their childhood, you are likely to get the same answer. This is a little unnerving for any number of reasons!
Join the January edition of Readings from Oconomowaukee, the virtual event series that puts authors in conversation with booksellers, brought to you by Boswell and our friends of Books & Company. This month’s edition features author Jonathan Evison, the author of novels like Lawn Boy and Legends of the North Cascades, with his latest book, Small World, an epic set in multiple time periods, in which the characters interconnect in the most intriguing and meaningful ways.
Small World is a sprawling chronicle of a hundred-and-seventy years of American nation-building from numerous points-of-view across place and time. The result is a historical epic with a Dickensian flair, a grand entertainment set against such iconic backdrops as the California gold rush, the development of the Continental Railroad, and a speeding train of strangers who don’t realize the history they have brought together in one place. Small World explores the Great American Experiment from its formative days to the present moment and asks whether or not our nation has made good on its promises.
Small World has already earned a trio of starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and BookPage, the latter of which writes, “Piece by piece, Evison successfully corrals this sprawling history into a cohesive whole, coalescing it into a vivid mosaic.” And Jason Mott, the National Book Award-winning author of Hell of a Book, calls Small World, “A creative, insightful work of fiction. Evison pulls off a wonderful high-wire act of storytelling that few would attempt, and even fewer could achieve so sharply!”
Jonathan Evison is the author of novels such as All About Lulu, West of Here, and This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!.
Isabel Allende, author of many bestselling favorite novels, from The House of the Spirits to A Long Petal of the Sea, celebrates the release of her latest with a special virtual ticket event coordinated by Books & Books and cosponsored by 14 other independent bookstores from across the United States - including us! Allende's new novel is a sweeping novel that tells the epic story of Violeta del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.
Tickets cost $28 and are available at allendemke.eventbrite.com - click this sentence to go there and purchase yours. Ticketholders will receive a Zoom link for one device to watch the program on the day of the event. To avoid any missed communication, please make sure that Eventbrite is not blocked by your email system. Stated ticket price includes sales tax but not Eventbrite ticketing fee. Violeta goes on sale on January 25 and we will allow folks to pick up their copy in advance of the event, but please note, tickets are not refundable. Boswell does not ship outside the continental United States. Media mail orders can take up to four weeks to arrive outside the state of Wisconsin. International attendees should purchase tickets through Books & Books for international shipping.
Allende's Violeta tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others, recounting devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, times of both poverty and wealth, terrible loss and immense joy. Her life will be shaped by some of the most important events of history: the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants, and ultimately, not one, but two pandemics.
Through the eyes of a woman whose unforgettable passion, determination, and sense of humor carry her through a lifetime of upheaval, Isabel Allende once more brings us an epic that is both fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional.
Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende's books include Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, and Paula. Her books have been translated into more than forty-two languages and have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. This event is coordinated by Books & Books of Florida and cohosted by Anderson's Book Store, Boulder Book Store, Changing Hands, Gibson's Bookstore, Left Bank Books, Northshire, Politics and Prose, RJ Julia, Square Books, Tattered Cover, The King's English, University Bookstore of Seattle, and Village Books and Paper Dreams.
Please join #1 New York Times bestselling author Tara Westover and Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman for a special, one-night-only virtual event celebrating the paperback launch of Educated: A Memoir.
Tickets for this event are available by clicking this link right now! Tickets cost $20 plus fee and include admission to this exclusive event and a paperback copy of Educated. Copies may be picked up at Boswell, or for a fee, shipped via USPS Media Mail. If you have already read Educated and want to join the event, you will have an option to donate your new copy of the book to students and classrooms via Random House and the National Council of Teachers of English, the official literacy partner for this event.
Educated is the unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.
When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
Tara Westover received her BA from Brigham Young University, an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge, and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in History. Joining Tara in conversation is Natalie Portman, an Academy Award-winning actress, director, author, and activist. In Summer 2022, Portman will be hitting the big screen, returning to the Marvel universe as ‘Jane Foster’ in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Join the Milwaukee Public Library as they welcome Shorewood author Nick Petrie in conversation about his latest installment in the Peter Ash Series. The Runaway takes things in a new direction as Petrie's first novel in the series to offer a female perspective, a further testament to the deep understanding of the characters he portrays. Cosponsored by Boswell. For more information about this event, please visit the Milwaukee Public Library website by clicking this sentence.
Click here to register now for this virtual event. And be sure to order your copy of The Runaway today.
When Peter Ash rescues a stranded woman, he finds she’s in far deeper trouble than he could ever imagine in the powerful new thriller in this bestselling and award-winning series. From Publishers Weekly: “Nail-biting… Shifting points of view serve to heighten the suspense. This adrenaline-fueled ride will keep readers turning the pages.”
Nick Petrie is the author of six previous novels in the Peter Ash series, most recently The Breaker. His debut, The Drifter, won both the ITW Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Edgar and the Hammett Awards. He lives in the Milwaukee area.
Books & Company and Boswell present a virtual afternoon event with Tessa Hadley, the bestselling author of Late in the Day and The Past, for a conversation about Free Love, a compulsive new novel about one woman’s sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London. This event is part of the beloved Readings from Oconomowaukee series where we host authors in conversation with two loquacious local bookstore proprietors.
Exploring the cultural shift of the late 60s, this new novel tells the story of a 40-something woman in 1967 London who explodes her family's life in the wake of her sexual and intellectual awakening. The story follows her as well as the three other members of her family as their very ordinary lives change in very different ways in reaction to her departure. You may think you've read this story before, but Hadley is such an amazing writer that she makes it fresh through her beautiful writing and the way she animates the inner life of her characters.
Of Hadley’s career, Ron Charles of The Washington Post exclaims: “With each new book by Tessa Hadley, I grow more convinced that she’s one of the greatest stylists alive... To read Hadley’s fiction is to grow self-conscious in the best way: to recognize with astonishment the emotions playing behind our own expressions, to hear articulated our own inchoate anxieties.”
Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly acclaimed novels, including Clever Girl and The Past, as well as three short story collections, most recently Bad Dreams and Other Stories, which won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker.
Boswell and Porchlight Book Company present an afternoon with Katherine May, author of Wintering, for a conversation about The Electricity of Every Living Thing, a life-affirming exploration of wild landscapes, what it means to be different and, above all, how we can all learn to make peace with our own unquiet minds. For this event, May will be in conversation with Sally Haldorson, Managing Director at Porchlight Book Company.
Click here to register now for this virtual event. And be sure to order your copy of The Electricity of Every Living Thing now, too!
In anticipation of her 38th birthday, Katherine May set out to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path. She wanted time alone, in nature, to understand why she had stopped coping with everyday life; why motherhood had been so overwhelming and isolating; and why the world felt full of expectations she couldn’t meet. She was also reeling from a chance encounter with a voice on the radio that sparked her realization that she might be autistic. And so begins a trek along the ruggedly beautiful but difficult path by the sea that takes readers through the alternatingly frustrating, funny, and enlightening experience of re-awakening to the world around us.
The Electricity of Every Living Thing sees Katherine come to terms with that diagnosis leading her to re-evaluate her life so far - with a much kinder, more forgiving eye. We bear witness to a new understanding that finally allows her to be different rather than simply awkward, arrogant or unfeeling. The physical and psychological journeys of this joyous and inspiring book become inextricably entwined, and as Katherine finds her way across the untameable coast, we learn alongside her how to find our way back to our own true selves.
Katherine May is the New York Times bestselling author of Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. May’s articles and essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Times (London), and Cosmopolitan. Sally Haldorson was part of the team behind the book The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.
Boswell presents an evening with poet and novelist Quan Barry, author of We Ride Upon Sticks, the novel that was called “spellbinding” by O, The Oprah Magazine, for a conversation about her latest, a luminous novel that moves across a windswept Mongolia, as estranged twin brothers make a journey of duty, conflict, and renewed understanding.
Click here to register now for this virtual event, which shall be broadcast via Zoom. And be sure to order your copy of When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East now, too!
Are our lives our own, or do we belong to something larger? When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East is a far-flung examination of our individual struggle to retain our convictions and discover meaning in a fast-changing world, as well as a meditation on accepting what simply is. Proving once again that she is a writer of immense range and imagination, Barry carries us across a terrain as unforgiving as it is beautiful and culturally varied as twin brothers travel from the western Altai mountains to the eerie starkness of the Gobi Desert to the ancient capital of Chinggis Khaan.
From the starred Booklist review: "An imaginative tour de force... Evincing the same dazzling talents that won high critical praise for We Ride upon Sticks, Barry vastly expands readers’ horizons, both geographical and metaphysical… Readers’ most transformative experience comes by reflecting - through Chulun’s thoughts, strangely tangled with Mun’s - on the Four Noble Buddhist Truths and the Eight-Fold Path… Though the narrative focuses on Mongolian Buddhism, readers learn how Buddhists everywhere have suffered as Chinese communists have persecuted the faith rooted in Tibet."
Born in Saigon and raised in Massachusetts, Quan Barry is author of the novels She Weeps Each Time You’re Born and We Ride Upon Sticks (winner of the 2020 ALA Alex Award), and four books of poetry, including Water Puppets (winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and a PEN Open Book finalist). Barry’s first play, The Mytilenean Debate, premiers in the spring of 2022. She is the Lorraine Hansberry Professor of English at the UW–Madison.
Boswell presents a virtual evening with Lan Samantha Chang, the acclaimed author of novels All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost and Inheritance, for a conversation about her latest book, The Family Chao, a Wisconsin-set novel that offers a highly entertaining portrait of a Chinese American family grappling with the dark undercurrents of a seemingly pleasant small town. In conversation with Chang-rae Lee, author of novels such as My Year Abroad and Native Speaker. Cohosted by Books & Company of Oconomowoc.
Click here to register now for this virtual event. And be sure to order your copy of The Family Chao now, too! Ask for your signed bookplate.
The residents of Haven, Wisconsin, have dined on the Fine Chao restaurant’s delicious Americanized Chinese food for thirty-five years, content to ignore any unsavory whispers about the family owners. Whether or not Big Leo Chao is honest, or his wife, Winnie, is happy, their food tastes good and their three sons earned scholarships to respectable colleges. But when the brothers reunite in Haven, the Chao family’s secrets and simmering resentments erupt at last.
From Publishers Weekly’s starred review: “An ingenious and cunning reboot of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. The harrowing and humorous family drama is wrapped in a murder mystery... In this timely, trenchant, and thoroughly entertaining book, an immigrant family’s dreams are paid for in blood. For Chang, this marks a triumphant return.”
Lan Samantha Chang is an award-winning author of the story collection Hunger and three novels. A recent Berlin Prize Fellow, she also has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Chang is the first Asian American and the first female director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Chang-rae Lee is author of novels including On Such a Full Sea, Aloft, and The Surrendered, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A 2021 winner of the Award of Merit for the Novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chang-rae Lee teaches writing at Stanford University
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and Boswell present an afternoon virtual event with journalist Oliver Milman, talking about his new book, a devastating examination of how collapsing insect populations worldwide threaten everything from wild birds to the food on our plate. For this event, Milman will be in conversation with Sue Stuart-Smith, author of The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature.
Click here to register now for this virtual event. And be sure to order your copy of The Insect Crisis now, too! The first 30 people to preorder a copy will get a signed bookplate and a special packet of lavender seeds.
From ants scurrying under leaf litter to bees able to fly higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, insects are everywhere. Three out of every four of our planet’s known animal species are insects. In The Insect Crisis, acclaimed journalist Oliver Milman dives into the torrent of recent evidence that suggests this kaleidoscopic group of creatures is suffering the greatest existential crisis in its remarkable 400-million-year history. What is causing the collapse of the insect world? Why does this alarming decline pose such a threat to us? And what can be done to stem the loss of the miniature empires that hold aloft life as we know it?
By connecting butterfly and bee, moth and beetle from across the globe, the full scope of loss renders a portrait of a crisis that threatens to upend the workings of our collective history. Part warning, part celebration of the incredible variety of insects, The Insect Crisis is a wake-up call for us all. Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts, says, "The Insect Crisis is elegantly written, admirably nuanced, and terrifyingly important."
Oliver Milman is a British journalist and the environment correspondent at the Guardian. Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of The Well Gardened Mind, named gardening book of the year by The Sunday Times.
Boswell presents an afternoon with Deborah Cohen, Northwestern University historian and author of Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took on a World at War. Cohen’s book offers a revelatory account of a close-knit band of wildly famous American reporters who, in the run-up to World War II, took on dictators and rewrote the rules of modern journalism.
Registration is required to attend this in-person event. Please click here to visit hotelimperialmke.eventbrite.com and register right now. Be sure to order your copy of Last Call at the Hotel Imperial now, too! Please note: Masks required at all times in Boswell. Capacity is limited. No food or drink allowed during events. Author may be unmasked during their presentation.
In the aftermath of World War I, as fledgling democracies emerged from the ruins of defeated empires and strongmen grabbed power across Europe, millions of Americans, desperate to wall themselves off from the chaos, adopted an ‘America First’ stance. But a group of hard-hitting foreign correspondents envisioned a different role for the United States in the world: they warned their readers that tyranny abroad posed a threat even to America, and urged their fellow citizens to see their own fate as tied to global struggles.
Told with the immediacy of a conversation overheard, Cohen’s revelatory new book captures how the global upheavals of the twentieth century felt up close. From Fredrik Logevall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Embers of War and JFK: "In this sterling book, Deborah Cohen follows a remarkable group of now mostly forgotten reporters as they try to make sense of a world turned upside down. The result is a shrewd and vivid work of history, one that combines deep research with lustrous narrative verve."
Deborah Cohen is the author of The War Come Home, Household Gods, and Family Secrets. She is also the Peter B Ritzma Professor of Humanities and Professor of History at Northwestern University, focusing on modern Europe.
Join us for an evening celebrating the launch of the third novel in Milwaukee author Erica Ruth Neubauer’s Agatha Award-winning Jane Wunderly mystery series, Danger on the Atlantic, in which a first-class cruise itinerary has an unexpected - and deadly - addition waiting just below deck. In conversation with Tim Hennessy, editor of Milwaukee Noir and crime writer extraordinaire.
Registration link coming soon for this event – check back on this page often! You can, however, order your copy of Danger on the Atlantic right now. Please note: Masks required at all times in Boswell. Capacity is limited. No food or drink allowed during events. Author may be unmasked during their presentation.
In this wanderlust-inspiring historical mystery, young American widow Jane Wunderly is off adventuring aboard a transatlantic liner with the only man who could change her mind about romance. It’s 1926. While voyaging from Southampton to New York, self-reliant Jane is determined to prove herself a worthy investigator on the stately ship - even awkwardly going undercover as the fashionable wife of her magnetic partner, Mr. Redvers. Few details are known about the rumored German spy the duo have been tasked with identifying among fellow passengers, but new troubles unfold once wealthy newlywed Vanessa FitzSimmons announces the sudden disappearance of her husband at sea.
The man Vanessa rushed to marry in Monte Carlo has allegedly vanished into thin air, along with his luggage. Redvers guesses the shifty heiress may be weaving tall tales for fun between flutes of champagne, yet Jane isn’t convinced - not after the stunning murder of a trusted acquaintance sends them into uncharted waters. Facing two dangerous mysteries and a boat load of suspects, Jane must navigate a claustrophobic quest for answers before the culprits can slip from her grasp on land… or, worse, ensure she and Redvers never reach their destination.
Erica Ruth Neubauer is author of Murder at the Mena House and Murder at Wedgefield Manor, and her Jane Wunderly series has been an Anthony Award and Lefty Award finalist. She has written for Publishers Weekly and Mystery Scene Magazine and is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Tim Hennessy’s writing has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Crimespree Magazine, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Boswell is pleased to present an evening with Cara Black, author of Three Hours in Paris, to celebrate the release of her 20th novel in the beloved Aimée Leduc mysteries. This novel entangles Parisian PI Leduc in a dangerous web of international spycraft and terrorist threats in Paris’s 15th arrondissement. Cohosted by our friends of Alliance Française de Milwaukee.
Registration is required to attend this in-person event. Click right here and visit carablackmke.eventbrite.com to register right now. And be sure to order your copy of Murder at the Porte de Versailles now, too! Signed copies and personalization available on pre-orders, but signed copies will not be shipped or available for pickup until after the event. Please note: Masks required at all times in Boswell. Capacity is limited. No food or drink allowed during events. Author may be unmasked during their presentation.
It’s November, 2001, and in the wake of 9/11, Paris is living in a state of fear. A gathering for family and friends is disrupted when a bomb goes off at the police laboratory, and Boris Viard, the partner of Aimée's friend Michou, is found unconscious at the scene of the crime with traces of explosives under his fingernails. As Aimée scours the streets of the 15th arrondissement trying to extract herself from a dangerous web of international spycraft and terrorist threats, she has to ask herself if she should succumb to pressure from Chloe's biological father and move them out to his farm in Brittany. But could Aimée Leduc ever leave Paris?
Black’s latest is one of CrimeReads Most Anticipated Books of 2022. From the starred Booklist review: "Black’s series is at home on bestseller lists and has long been a particular favorite of librarians and library patrons… The story unwinds against the backdrop of 9/11 and, more personally, the question of whether Aimée should move to Brittany with her three-year-old daughter, Chloe, and her biological father. Forget it, Aimée: we want you in Paris, not clomping about a farm in Birkenstocks."
Cara Black is the author of twenty books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series as well as the thriller Three Hours in Paris. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.
The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library welcome Emily St John Mandel, author of bestselling novels such as Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel, for the 2022 Library Spring Literary Luncheon. Mandel will present her newest novel, Sea of Tranquility, a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.
Ticket information coming soon. Check back on this page, where we’ll update information as soon as we have it. You can also visit the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library website here.
Weaving together characters and events from both Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel, the new novel can be read as both a sequel and a stand-alone. When a detective in the black-skied Night City is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe. A virtuoso performance that is as human and tender as it is intellectually playful, Sea of Tranquility is a novel of time travel and metaphysics that precisely captures the reality of our current moment.
From the glowing starred review from Kirkus: “A complicated and mysterious puzzle concerning the nature of reality solved perfectly, all loose ends connected… Even more boldly imagined than Station Eleven. Exciting to read, relevant, and satisfying.”
Emily St John Mandel is author of five previous novels, including The Singer’s Gun, Last Night in Montreal, and The Lola Quartet. Station Eleven was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, has been translated into thirty-two languages, and is the basis for the HBO Max series by the same name.
Boswell presents an evening with Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M, winner of the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for speculative fiction and named a best book of the year by Elle, Refinery29, and The Verge. It is also a favorite of Boswell buyer Jason Kennedy.
Register for both in-person and virtual attendance for this event now at pengshepherdmke.eventbrite.com. Be sure to order your copy of The Cartographers, now, too! Please note: Masks required at all times in Boswell. Capacity is limited. No food or drink allowed during events. Author may be unmasked during their presentation.
The Cartographers is a highly imaginative thriller about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father’s belongings holds an incredible, deadly secret, one that will lead her on an extraordinary adventure and to the truth about her family’s dark history. Shepard's writing combines atmospheric prose and solid plotting and should appeal to fans of Joe Hill, VE Schwab, and Justin Cronin.
#1 bestselling thriller novelist Brad Thor offers: "Peng Shepherd has done it again! The Cartographers is an exquisitely written, brilliantly plotted, absolutely fantastic novel. A story like this reminds us of why we all fell in love with reading to begin with. Be prepared to be swept away on an incredible journey that will stay with you long after you turn the final page."
Peng Shepherd is author of The Book of M, which waspicked as a best book of Summer by the Today Show and NPR's On Point. When not writing, she can be found planning her next trip or haunting local bookstores.
Boswell Book Company and Boooks & Company of Oconomowoc present an afternoon with New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, who visitis with her latest book, a lush, immersive novel about a hardworking family of Tuscan artisans with long-held secrets.
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Matelda, the Cabrelli family’s matriarch, has always been brusque and opinionated. Now, as she faces the end of her life, she is determined to share a long-held secret with her family about her own mother’s great love story: with her childhood friend, Silvio, and with dashing Scottish sea captain John Lawrie McVicars, the father Matelda never knew.
Early readers are loving Trigiani’s latest. Jess Walter, author of The Cold Millions and Beautiful Ruins says, "The Good Left Undone is at once epic and intimate, a delightful novel about the mysterious lore of an unforgettable Italian family whose characters walk right off the page." And Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds says, "Adriana Trigiani is a gifted, natural storyteller and The Good Left Undone is her at the top of her game. This beautiful, sweeping historical epic about three generations of women paints an exquisite portrait of love, loss, the ravages of time and the price a family pays for its secrets. Brava!"
Adriana Trigiani is author of twenty books, including The Shoemaker’s Wife. She is an award-winning playwright, television writer/producer, and filmmaker. Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion picture adaptation of her novel, Big Stone Gap. Trigiani is Cofounder of the Origin Project and serves on the New York State Council on the Arts.
Boswell presents an event with Don Lee, author of books such as Lonesome Lies Before Us and Wrack and Ruin, whose new story collection spans decades and continents as it explores Asian American identity. For this event, Lee will be in conversation with UWM Professor of English Liam Callanan, author of Paris by the Book.
Click here to register now for this virtual event. And be sure to preorder your copy of The Partition now, too!
Lee’s first story collection since his landmark debut, Yellow, this is an exploration of Asian American identity, featuring with characters who are presumptive model minorities in the arts, academia, and media. Spanning decades, these nine novelistic stories traverse an array of cities, from Tokyo to Boston, Honolulu to El Paso, touching upon transient encounters in local bars, restaurants, and hotels. Culminating in a three-story cycle about a Hollywood actor, The Partition incisively examines heartbreak, identity, family, and relationships, the characters searching for answers to universal questions: Where do I belong? How can I find love? What defines an authentic self?
From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan: "The Partition is flat-out brilliant: a witty, kaleidoscopic tear through questions of race and identity in America today by a writer who has wrought luminous fiction from these issues for years. Don Lee’s collection offers vivid, entertaining proof that ethnicity is never straightforward or easy - no matter who we are, or where we stand."
Don Lee is the author of the story collection Yellow and novels such as Country of Origin, Wrack and Ruin, and The Collective. He has received an American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. He teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.
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