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Creating Conversations with Literary Women and Elizabeth Wetmore

Elizabeth Wetmore VALENTINE cover and author photo

 

The Literary Women of Long Beach invite readers to join a stimulating conversation with Elizabeth Wetmore, discussing her astonishing debut, Valentine. Radio personality Pam Atherton will moderate the discussion and questions will be accepted from the audience beginning at 6:30pm. Creating Conversations' own Terry Gilman is a particular fan of Valentine, which was also an Indies Next Pick:

“Before starting this book, you should block out the next 24 hours on your calendar because you will not be able to do anything else. Valentine is reminiscent of Disappearing Earth in its multi-voice portrayal of the vulnerability, resilience, solidarity, fury, and tenacity of girls and women in the man’s world of oil-booming West Texas in the 1970s. These unforgettable characters are the spiritual sisters of Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights. I was haunted by them, I rooted for them, I’ve been them, and I won’t forget them.”
— Rebekah Shoaf, Boogie Down Books, Bronx, NY

Literary Women celebrates women authors, encourage new writers, and introduce the works of contemporary women authors to an audience of readers with a wide range of literary interests.

Advance registration is required.

 

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Event Date: 
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 6:00pm
Address: 
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Books: 
Valentine: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062913265
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - March 31st, 2020

Written with the haunting emotional power of Elizabeth Strout and Barbara Kingsolver, an astonishing debut novel that explores the lingering effects of a brutal crime on the women of one small Texas oil town in the 1970s.

Mercy is hard in a place like this . . .

It’s February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town’s men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow.

In the early hours of the morning after Valentine’s Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead’s ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field—an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law. When justice is evasive, the stage is set for a showdown with potentially devastating consequences.

Valentine is a haunting exploration of the intersections of violence and race, class and region in a story that plumbs the depths of darkness and fear, yet offers a window into beauty and hope. Told through the alternating points of view of indelible characters who burrow deep in the reader’s heart, this fierce, unflinching, and surprisingly tender novel illuminates women’s strength and vulnerability, and reminds us that it is the stories we tell ourselves that keep us alive.