Join us Tuesday, August 8th at 7:00 pm when bestselling author EDAN LEPUCKI visits Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore to present her new novel Time's Mouth. Edan brings readers an enthralling saga about family secrets that grow more powerful with time, set against the magical, dangerous landscape of California. Edan will be joined in conversation by author KATE SCHATZ (right) and will sign copies of her book after the presentation. Edan's photo by Ralph Palumbo.
Ursa possesses a very special gift. She can travel through memory and revisit her past. After she flees her hometown for the counterculture glory of 1950’s California, the intoxicating potential of her unique ability eventually draws a group of women into her orbit and into a ramshackle Victorian mansion in the woods outside Santa Cruz. Yet Ursa’s powers come with a cost. Soon this cultish community of sisterhood takes an ominous turn, prompting her son, Ray, and his pregnant lover, Cherry, to flee their home for Los Angeles and reinvent themselves far from Ursa’s insidious influence. But escaping their past won’t be so easy. A series of mysterious events forces Cherry to abandon their baby, leaving Ray to raise Opal alone.
Now a teenager and still heartbroken over the abandonment of the mother she never knew, Opal must journey into her own past to reveal the generations of secrets that gave rise to the shimmering source of her family's painful legacy.
From the forests of Santa Cruz, to the 1980s glam of Melrose Avenue to a solitary mansion among the oil derricks off La Cienega Boulevard, and brimming with memory's double-edged capacity to both heal and harm, Time’s Mouth is a poignant and evocative excavation of the bonds that bind families together.
EDAN LEPUCKI is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels California and Woman No. 17, as well as the editor of Mothers Before: Stories and Portraits of Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them. Her nonfiction has been published in The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Esquire Magazine, and The Cut, among other publications. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.
KATE SCHATZ is a feminist author, activist, public speaker, and educator. She's the New York Times bestselling author of the Rad Women book series; Rid of Me: A Story in the 33 1/3 series, and Do the Work: An Anti-Racist Activity Book, co-written with United Shades of America host W. Kamau Bell.
THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on August 8th.
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