Please join us in welcoming Norwich author Katherine Forbes Riley, who will discuss her debut novel, The Bobcat, and raise a glass with us at 6:30! The reading will begin at 7:00.
Laurelie, a young art student who suffers in the aftermath of a sexual assault, has grown progressively more isolated and fearful. Most comfortable in the company of the child for whom she babysits, and most at ease in the woods, Laurelie has shunned any connection with her peers. One day, while exploring the woods, she and her young charge encounter an injured pregnant bobcat - and the hiker who has been following it for hundreds of miles. Then the child goes missing in the woods and the fragile peace Laurelie has constructed is threatened.
Katherine Forbes Riley is a writer and computational linguist. She finished her magical debut, The Bobcat, during the 2016-17 academic year, while a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.
"The Bobcat is an intensely lyrical, deeply involving novel about what it means to be a human animal. Blending gorgeous nature imagery, philosophical curiosity, and a story as insistent as a heartbeat, this book will grab you by the scruff of the neck and won't let go."--Jennie Yabroff, author of If You Were Here
Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended so we can plan refreshments! Please call 802-649-1114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to save a seat.
** Longlisted for The Center for Fiction's best debut novel of 2019 **
With the hypnotic intensity of Emily Fridlund’s The History of Wolves and Fiona McFarlane’s The Night Guest, Katherine Forbes Riley has created a mesmerizing love story, in lush, gorgeous prose, that examines art, science, and the magic of human chemistry.