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Radio Book Club: Laura Pritchett and “Red Lightning”

Posted: September 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm by , in A Public Affair, Breaking News, Featured, Radio Book Club

This month on our Radio Book Club, Colorado author Laura Pritchett speaks with KGNU’s Maeve Conran and Arsen Kashkashian from The Boulder Bookstore to talk about her latest book “Red Lightning“.

 

Our next show is October 29th from 9-9.30am with author Bonnie Jo Campbell who will join us to talk about her new book of short stories mothers, tell your daughters.

About Red Lightning

Ten years ago, Tess Cross left her newborn daughter with her sister and hightailed it out of what she called NoWhere, Colorado. Now she returns to the eastern plains of Colorado, full of raw rage at herself and at the universe, yearning for the life she never led and the daughter she left behind. As a levantona who has been running drugs and illegal immigrants beyond the US-Mexican border, she’s knowingly entered into a harsh and dangerous world. But suddenly her world has become darker than she can bear: The largest wildfire in Colorado history is blazing. Immigrants are dead. She’s haunted by the memory of a Mexican woman she couldn’t save and a lost Mexican girl she did. Traffickers–of both immigrants and drugs–are now hunting her down. But most of all, Tess is at the mercy of her own traumatized soul, and the weight of it is cracking her apart. In the act of coming home, Tess must now face her dying mother, her sister, her daughter, and most importantly, herself.

This book broaches timely topics essential in the West–immigration, rural poverty, wildfires–with suspense and gritty wisdom as well as Pritchett’s trademark lyricism and grace. Like Libby, her sister and the central character of Pritchett’s novel Sky Bridge, Tess has her own coming-of-age in a revelatory story of hard-earned transformation and redemption. – LauraPritchett.com

 

About the Radio Book Club

KGNU is partnering with the Boulder Bookstore for our radio book club. Every month Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Bookstore, will select a book to inspire the KGNU listening audience to read along together. We will then be joined live in studio by the author for a call in show and book discussion. Arsen Kashkashian says participating in a bookclub is a great dynamic way for readers to enjoy a book.

“I think you read a book and it’s kind of a solitary experience and once you’ve read it and immersed yourself in this world, it’s great to have somebody to bounce ideas off of.”

Read about our bookclub in the Boulder Weekly:

“The real effectiveness of the program stems from the community aspect that links people together with a common goal. Like any book club, people from various backgrounds get together to dissect their interpretations of the work.”

 

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