Elizabeth Kostova Luncheon
Hub City Bookshop will host New York Times #1 bestselling author Elizabeth Kostova for a Literary Luncheon 12 p.m. Friday, December 1 at the Piedmont Club. Tickets are $20.
Kostova's first novel, The Historian, was the first debut novel to land at number one on The New York Times bestseller list and was the fastest-selling hardback debut novel in US history at the time of its release in 2005. Her second novel. The Swan Thieves also was a NYT bestseller.
Her latest novel The Shadow Land is a mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the present—and unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country.
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In The Shadow Land, a young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi—and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes.
As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return this precious item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by political oppression—and she will find out all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger.
Elizabeth Kostova’s new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss.
Kostova graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress. She is also co-founder of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writing in Bulgaria.