Join us for a trio of readings from authors Susan Bernhard, author of Winter Loon, Katrin Schumann, author of The Forgotten Hours, and James Charlesworth, author of The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill.
In Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard, fifteen-year-old Wes Ballot is stranded with coldhearted grandparents after his mother's death and holed up in her former bedroom, surrounded by her remnants and memories. As the wait for his father stretches unforgivably into months, buried truths come to light, forcing Wes to embark on a search for his missing father and the truth about his mother—a quest that begins back at that frozen lake.
Katrin Schumann's novel The Forgotten Hours follows twenty-four year old Katie Gregory, who feels like life is looking up: she's snagged a great job in New York and is falling for a captivating artist—and memories of her traumatic past are finally fading. Katie’s life fell apart almost a decade earlier, during a summer at her family’s cabin on Eagle Lake when her best friend accused her father of sexual assault. Now her father is getting out of prison, and details of that fateful night resurface. As old memories collide with new realities, they call into question everything Katie thinks she knows about family, friends, and herself.
The Patricide of George Benjamin, by James Charlesworth, sets forth a cathartic mythology. All their lives, the children of George Benjamin Hill had fought to escape the shadow of their father, a dust-bowl orphan turned self-made millionaire in fast food and oil. Now they're approaching middle-age and ruin. When their father takes his place at the center of a national scandal, these estranged siblings are drawn from their four corners of the country, converging on a three-hundred-acre horse ranch outside Omaha for a final confrontation with the father they never had.