More Exciting News: Jane Hamilton Visiting

11711_hamilton_jane.gifHoly schnikies! Another day, another announcement from yours truly about a big author coming to town. This time I am excited to report that Jane Hamilton has accepted an invitation to visit Northfield on Sept. 27 as part of the Northfield Reads! communitywide book club.

Details, including meeting place, are yet to be determined, and no doubt I will scribble on about this event multiple times in the weeks to come. But I didn’t want to keep this terrific news a secret. Mark your calendars and prepare for an enriching evening.

Hamilton, of course, is the award-winning author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World. Her latest novel, When Madeline Was Young, which will be released in September, is the featured book for Northfield Reads! River City Books will discount Hamilton’s book 20 percent as soon as it is published. Pre-orders are possible.

madeline.gif“When Madeline Was Young” is a richly textured novel about a tragic accident and its effects on two generations of a family. When Aaron Maciver’s beautiful young wife, Madeline, suffers brain damage in a bike accident, she is left with the intellectual powers of a 6-year-old. In the years that follow, Aaron and his second wife care for Madeline with deep tenderness and devotion as they raise two children of their own.

Narrated by Aaron’s son, Mac, When Madeline Was Young chronicles the Maciver family through the decades, from Mac’s childhood growing up with Madeline and his cousin Buddy in Wisconsin through the Vietnam War, through Mac’s years as a husband with children of his own, and through Buddy’s involvement with the subsequent Gulf Wars.

I wish I could tell you I had something to do with the developments of the past two days — first Lincoln Child, now Jane Hamilton — but that would be a bigger fabrication than anything in a James Frey memoir. I’m just the lucky one who gets to spread the news.

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