A Novel Affair


September 23, 2017




CityLit Stage

Novelists read and discuss their new work: Tracy Chiles McGhee, author of Melting the Blues, set in Arkansas in 1957, where the complexities of identity, yearnings for love and acceptance, and racial tension are all unmasked. McGhee received the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Donna Hemans, author of River Woman, an unforgettable novel about promises kept and promises broken, exploring the unyielding bonds joining mother and child. She won the 2015 Lignum Vitae Una Marson Award for Adult Literature for her manuscript, Tea by the Sea. From Brooklyn to the island of Jamaica, Hemans’ second novel traces a mother’s seventeen-year search for the daughter taken from her at birth. Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day. Her collection of short stories, This Angel on My Chest, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Reversing the River, a historical novel, is being serialized on the literary app Great Jones Street in 2017. Her new work, Silver Girl, forthcoming from Unnamed Press in 2018, is set in the early 80s, against the backdrop of a city terrorized by the Tylenol Killer, a local psychopath rumored to be stuffing cyanide into drugstore meds. Silver Girl is a deftly psychological account of the nuances of sisterhood. Contrasting obsession and longing, need versus desire, Leslie Pietrzyk delves into the ways class and trauma are often enmeshed to dictate one’s sense of self, and how a single relationship can sometimes lead to redemption.

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