Paula McLain
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 5:15pm

Come join the Bookworm's Women Voices Book Club, led by lead bookseller Karin Barker, to discuss Paula McLain's latest book, "When the Stars Go Dark." Book discussion will begin at 5:15pm, followed by a Q&A session at 6pm with Paula McLain over Zoom. Please come having read the book and ready to discuss with other book club members! This is a free event, but please reserve your seat by stopping in the store, or calling us at 970-926-7323.

"Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When unspeakable tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino. She spent summers there as a child with her beloved grandparents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her to heal. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. Anna is in no condition to become involved with the search--until a childhood friend, now the village sheriff, pleads for her help."

What Karin says about the book: "Paula McLain has diverged slightly from her wonderfully written historical fiction novels. This is a thoughtful and contemplative thriller with a troubled narrator, Anna, whose life is heavy with loss.  The story is fast-paced and the writing excellent.  I especially liked the way Anna’s backstory is revealed and the relationship with her foster father.  Themes of abandonment and how it can shape a lifetime are expertly done.  Be sure to read the author’s note as it is very revealing.  You’ll have a hard time putting this down – just like me."

Paula McLain is the New York Times–bestselling author of the novels "When the Stars Go Dark," "Love and Ruin," "Circling the Sun," "The Paris Wife," and "A Ticket to Ride"; the memoir "Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses;" and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.

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ISBN: 9780593237892
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - April 13th, 2021