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Thursday, September 21 at 7pm - Laura Harrington presents "A Catalog of Birds"

Please join us on Thursday, September 21 at 7pm, when Gloucester resident Laura Harrington discusses her new novel, A Catalog of Birds.

Laura Harrington is a playwright and the author of the novel Alice Bliss. She teaches playwriting at MIT, where she was awarded the Levitan Prize. She has been the guest artist at Tufts, Harvard, Wellesley, The University of Iowa and UMASS Lowell.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
The Concord Bookshop
65 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742
A Catalog of Birds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609454036
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Published: Europa Editions - July 11th, 2017

Set in 1970, a watershed moment in American History, A Catalog of Birds tells the story of the Flynn family and the devastating impact of the Vietnam War. At the heart of the novel is the relationship between siblings Nell and Billy Flynn. Nell excels academically and is headed to college and a career in science. Billy, a passionate artist, enlists as a pilot to fulfill his lifelong dream of flying. He is the only survivor when his helicopter is shot down. When he returns home his wounds limit his ability to sketch or even hold a pencil. As Billy struggles to regain the life he once had, Nell and their family will have to do all that’s possible to save him.

Lyrical and affecting, Laura Harrington has written an artful family drama about innocence lost and wounds that may never be healed. This is a tale of forgiveness: of ourselves, of those we love best. Illuminated by grief and desire, the novel is full of spirit, wonder and the possibilities of the future.

Alice Bliss Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143121114
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2012

A "Boston Globe" bestseller 

Tomboy Alice Bliss is heartbroken when she learns that her father, Matt, is being deployed to Iraq. Matt will miss seeing Alice blossom into a full-blown teenager: she'll learn to drive, join the track team, go to her first dance, and fall in love--all while trying to be strong for her mother, Angie, and her precocious little sister. But the phone calls from her father are never long enough. At once universal and very personal, "Alice Bliss" is a profoundly moving story about those who are left at home during wartime and a small-town teenage girl bravely facing the future.