Stewart O’Nan: Ocean State
June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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NY-Times bestselling & Pittsburgh-based author Stewart O’Nan joins us live at City of Asylum to read from and discuss his newest novel Ocean State.
In the first line of Ocean State, we learn that a high school student was murdered, and we find out who did it. The story that unfolds from there with incredible momentum is thus one of the build-up to and fall-out from the murder, told through the alternating perspectives of the four women at its heart. Angel, the murderer, Carol, her mother, and Birdy, the victim, all come alive on the page as they converge in a climax both tragic and inevitable. Watching over it all is the retrospective testimony of Angel’s younger sister Marie, who reflects on that doomed autumn of 2009 with all the wisdom of hindsight.
Set in a working-class town on the Rhode Island coast, Ocean State is a crushing, beautifully written, and profoundly compelling novel about sisters, mothers, and daughters, and the terrible things love makes us do. It is a masterful novel by one of our greatest storytellers.
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