Please join us for what promises to be a truly delightful afternoon with our great friend and author, Mary Alice Monroe for her new book, The Summer of Lost and Found. As an added bonus, Mary Alice will be in conversation with another Book Stall favorite, William Kent Krueger (author of Ordinary Grace, among many others). This program is free and open to the public, but you must register HERE. And if you attend this program and would like to purchase the book, we respectfully ask that you buy it from The Book Stall.
About the Book: With The Summer of Lost and Found, Monroe shifts her signature focus from wildlife to the challenges and changes families and friends faced during unprecedented times of isolation, limited social interaction, economic strain, and health concerns brought on by a pandemic— creating a timely and compassionate family saga as the next generation of the Rutledge family calls the beach house home.
The coming of Spring usually means renewal and rebirth but for Linnea Rutledge, it signals uncertainty. Like other cities, Charleston is facing shutdowns due to the pandemic. Linnea is furloughed from her dream job at the aquarium even as other loved ones are displaced. Linnea carries on the legacy of the beach house—a safe harbor for women—by opening the house to her friends. They form a close-knit, surf loving group under the watchful eye of the older family members. To further complicate things, an old love is quarantined next door and a new love returns from England, forcing Linnea to wonder if it is possible to love two men at the same time.
As the weeks turn to months and another sea turtle season comes to a close, Linnea learns that despite the disappointments and challenges, meaningful lessons are learned, memories created, and strengths discovered that will last beyond one summer. During this memorable summer, the Beach House legacy continues to the next generation.
Mary Alice Monroe once again delves into the complexities of family relationships and brings her signature “sensitive and true” (Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author) storytelling to this poignant and timely novel of love, courage, and resilience.
About the Author: New York Times bestselling author and “South Carolina’s queen of the beach read” (Southern Living), Mary Alice Monroe populates her novels with her “signature love of animals…picturesque setting and heartwarmingly intertwined character arcs” (Booklist). Monroe has won numerous awards including the prestigious Southern Prize for Fiction, several Readers Choice awards, and is a member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors Literary Hall of Fame. She is the co-creator/co-host of the new literary sensation “Friends & Fiction”, a weekly web show and podcast. Her first middle grade book, The Islanders, debuts June 2021.
Conversation Partner William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author of This Tender Land, Ordinary Grace (winner of the Edgar Award for best novel), as well as eighteen acclaimed books in the Cork O’Connor mystery series, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Learn more at WilliamKentKrueger.com.
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