Thursday, November 30
The Manning Girl: Book launch and signing
5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Wisteria Boutique- First Floor
Free. No tickets required.
Join us for meet-and-greet with author Catherine Browder.
Set in rural Kansas, Catherine Browder’s The Manning Girl explores the redemptive power of parenting and community. Tyler Manning’s life is transformed when a young mother leaves his own younger brother’s baby at his doorstep. Tyler is of Free State Kansas stock, sturdy and deliberate, a meticulously organized industrial arts teacher who can make anything. Suddenly he must make a family. Uncle Tyler becomes Delia May’s legal father, and a model caretaker. But beneath this tale of domestic striving is secrecy and strife, anger and resentment, the looming presence of back story.
Browder contrasts a family’s difficult past with a peaceful and hard-won present. The Manning Girl, heartwarming and wise, shows us that what we care about most can be made: hope, family, love, a bright future.
Light refreshments will be provided.
About the Author:
Catherine Browder’s most recent book, Resurrection City, a story cycle about the Great East Japan Disaster of 2011, received the Spokane Prize and from Willow Springs Books. She is the author of three previous story collections, a Ploughshares Solo, numerous award-winning and anthologized stories, and produced plays. An NEA and the Missouri Arts Council fiction fellow, The Manning Girl is her first novel. She lives in the Historic Northeast of Kansas City, MO.