In honor of National Reading Group Month, WNBA-Boston invites you to an evening with celebrated authors Suzanne Matson, Jessica Keener and Heather Abel on Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7PM, at Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston.
Ultraviolet (recently included on Real Simple‘s list of the best books of 2018!) tells the story of Samantha, who’s grown up in the atmosphere of her mother’s discontent, follows her own career to teach at a university in faraway Boston, where she maintains a happy family of her own.
When Kathryn starts to fail, Samantha moves her mother near her to care for, and then to watch over her deathbed, where “something in the room―the spell, the cord knitting them together―is cut. Or no, that can’t be right, either.” Ultraviolet is a lyrical novel of great emotional depth. Suzanne Matson recognizes both the drama that is within every existence and the strengths and fragilities of our relationships with others. She shines a brilliant light on the complexities of marriage, motherhood, aging, and the end of life.
Budapest: gorgeous city of secrets, with ties to a shadowy, bloody past. It is to this enigmatic European capital that a young American couple, Annie and Will, move from Boston with their infant son shortly after the fall of the Communist regime. For Annie, it is an effort to escape the ghosts that haunt her past, and Will wants simply to seize the chance to build a new future for his family.
Eight months after their move, their efforts to assimilate are thrown into turmoil when they receive a message from friends in the US asking that they check up on an elderly man, a fiercely independent Jewish American WWII veteran who helped free Hungarian Jews from a Nazi prison camp.
They soon learn that the man, Edward Weiss, has come to Hungary to exact revenge on someone he is convinced seduced, married, and then murdered his daughter.
Annie, unable to resist anyone’s call for help, recklessly joins in the old man’s plan to track down his former son-in-law and confront him, while Will, pragmatic and cautious by nature, insists they have nothing to do with Weiss and his vendetta. What Annie does not anticipate is that in helping Edward she will become enmeshed in a dark and deadly conflict that will end in tragedy and a stunning loss of innocence.
In Heather Abel‘s The Optimistic Decade, five people, each with a different idealistic bent, converge in an impoverished Colorado town in the heart of the Rockies. Caleb Silver is the charismatic founder of Llamalo, a back-to-the-land summer camp in the high desert. Don Talc and his son Donnie are rachers who believe Caleb conspired to steal their land. David Cohen is a high school student who becomes a follower of Caleb and turns Llamalo into his personal religion. And Rebecca Silver is the devoted daughter of 1960s radicals, innocent in matters of sex, scornful of David’s passion. By year’s end, all of these converging lives will change forever.