Two Great Writers - Amy Franklin-Willis & Sere Prince Halverson
Who: Novelists Amy Franklin-Willis and Sere Prince Halverson.
What: Discussing and signing their new novels, The Lost Saints of Tennessee (Stewart) and The Underside of Joy (Halverson). Both books are available in paperback.
When: Thursday, 7 March 2013 at 7 PM.
How much: Free. Reservations are always nice. Make yours by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337 today.
Where: Rakestraw Books.
Why you should care: About The Lost Saints of Tennessee: With enormous heart and dazzling agility, debut novelist Amy Franklin-Willis expertly mines the fault lines in one Southern working-class family. Driven by the soulful and intrepid voices of forty-two-year-old Ezekiel Cooper and his mother, Lillian, "The Lost Saints of Tennessee" journeys from the 1940s to the 1980s as it follows Zeke's evolution from anointed son to honorable sibling to unhinged middle-aged man. After Zeke loses his twin brother in a mysterious drowning and his wife to divorce, only ghosts remain in his hometown of Clayton, Tennessee. Zeke makes the decision to leave town in a final attempt to escape his pain, puts his two treasured possessions--a childhood copy of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and Tucker, his dead brother's ancient dog--into his truck, and heads east. He leaves behind two young daughters and his estranged mother, who reveals her own conflicting view of the Cooper family story in a vulnerable but spirited voice stricken by guilt over old sins as she clings to the hope that her family isn't beyond repair.
About The Underside of Joy: To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the Northern California river town of Elbow, California, with her husband Joe and his two young children. But one summer day Joe drowns, leaving Ella alone with Annie and Zach--until his ex-wife, Paige, shows up at the funeral. For three years, Ella believed that Paige had selfishly abandoned her family. Yet--as the custody fight between mother and stepmother ensues--Ella realizes there may be more to the story than Joe ever revealed. The Underside of Joy is not a fairy-tale version of step-motherhood, pitting good against evil, but a captivating story of two women who both claim to be the mother of the same two children.
Join us for a special evening celebrating two remarkable writers and two terrific debut novels. We'll be serving refreshments, so let us know you're coming!