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RENE STEINKE - Friendswood
Wednesday, October 15 at 7PM
speaking & signing her new novel,
|We're excited to welcome Rene Steinke to BookPeople, where she will be presenting her latest, Friendswood, a novel about a tight-knit Texas gulf town. "This layered, propulsive, psychologically complex story is poignant
proof that extreme public events, as catastrophic as they might seem,
must almost always pale in comparison to the intimate personal
experiences and motivations of grief, love, lust, ambition, anxiety, and
A big, moving novel of one tight-knit Texas community and the events that alter its residents' lives forever.
Friendswood, Texas, is a small Gulf Coast town of church suppers, oil
rigs on the horizon, hurricane weather, and high school football games.
When tragedy rears its head with an industrial leak that kills and
sickens residents, it pulls on the common thread that runs through the
community, intensifying everything. From a confused fifteen-year-old
girl beset by visions, to a high school football star tormented by his
actions, to a mother galvanized by the death of her teen daughter, to a
morally bankrupt father trying to survive his mistakes, Rene Steinke
explores what happens when families are trapped in the ambiguity of
history's missteps--when the actions of a few change the lives and
well-being of many.
Driving the narrative powerfully forward is the suspenseful question of the fates of four Friendswood families, and Steinke's striking insight and empathy. Inspired in part by the town where she herself grew up, this layered, propulsive, psychologically complex story is poignant proof that extreme public events, as catastrophic as they might seem, must almost always pale in comparison to the intimate personal experiences and motivations of grief, love, lust, ambition, anxiety, and regret.
About RENE STEINKE
Rene Steinke is the author of The Fires. She is the editor in chief of The Literary Review and teaches creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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