Book discussion members who liked The Quickening--please take note that author Michelle Hoover will visit Beaverdale Books on Friday, April 22 at 6:30 PM to discuss her new novel, Bottomland.
Hoover’s second, highly-anticipated novel follows the Hess family in the years following World War I, as they attempt to rid themselves of the Anti-German sentiment that left a stain on their name and threatens their safety. When the youngest two daughters vanish in the middle of the night, the family must piece together what happened while struggling to maintain their life on the unforgiving Iowa plains.
In the weeks after the girls’ disappearance, their siblings desperately search for them, combing the stark farmlands, their neighbors’ houses, and the unfamiliar world of far-off Chicago. Told in alternating voices of the family members, this is a haunting literary mystery that spans decades before its resolution.
Bottomland is a story of pride, love and betrayal, set amongst the rugged terrain of Iowa, the fields of war-torn Flanders, and the bustling Chicago streets. Hoover drew inspiration from her own family history and two great aunts who disappeared from their Iowa home as young girls.
Michelle Hoover is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University and teaches at GrubStreet, where she leads the Novel Incubator program. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was extremely popular with book clubs and named a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award "Must Read." Hoover is a native of Iowa who currently lives in Boston.
Beaverdale Books will have books available for sale and signing. The store is located at 2629 Beaver Avenue, Suite 1, in Des Moines.