Friday, November 22, 2013
An Old Friend and My Favorite Novel in a Long Time: The Fifty-First State
One of the best things about a good book is that the characters come alive; they take up residence in our heads. On my drive to work I find myself wondering how Hallie and Josh are doing in New York. And what about Ram? And Emma, the dog? I'm looking forward to hearing Lisa Borders read from this engaging novel Monday night at 7:00 PM at Elliott Bay Books.
Lisa and I first met at the Blue Mountain Center the summer of 1998. I had recently returned from living in South Africa and was reeling from culture shock, the loss of my parents, and post graduate school angst. Lisa, by contrast, seemed cool and comfortable in her skin. Neither of us had yet published a book.
Monday night's reading will be sponsored by Hedgebrook and joining Lisa will be local author Abigail Carter with her memoir The Alchemy of Loss.