Debut novelist Elizabeth Wetmore joins us in a virtual event to discuss her acclaimed novel Valentine with writer and book group leader Alice Moody. Valentine opens with a brutal crime in the one small Texas oil town in the 1970s, and goes on to explore its lingering effects on a wide range of characters. Valentine has been one of the best-reviewed novels of the season, garnering praise from national media around the country, and winning the hearts of Book Stall staff readers as well. Bookseller Elizabeth Hubbard says "This book is one that will stick with you, deep in your heart."
Our Zoom event is free. We ask that your purchase a copy of Valentine from The Book Stall or your local independent bookstore if you plan on attending. To register for the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the novel:
"I clutched this book in both hands and by the end I could feel the dust of West Texas on my skin. Elizabeth Wetmore understands the nuances of the human heart better than almost any writer I've read in recent years, and I rooted for these women with everything I have. There is violence here, and despair, but in the end the story is a testament to quiet courage, to hope, to love. Every person should read this extraordinary debut."-- Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes
"Fierce and complex, Valentine is a novel of moral urgency and breathtaking prose. This is the very definition of a stunning debut." -- Ann Patchett
About the Author:
Elizabeth Wetmore is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Baltimore Review, Crab Orchard Review, Iowa Review, and other literary journals. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as a grant from the Barbara Deming Foundation. She was also a Rona Jaffe Scholar in Fiction at Bread Loaf and a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and one of six Writers in Residence at Hedgebrook. A native of West Texas, she lives and works in Chicago.
An instant New York Times Bestseller
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!
"A thrilling debut that deserves your attention." –Ron Charles, the Washington Post