Amy Willoughby-Burle and Elaine Neil Orr Reading and Signing
Hub City Bookshop will host Elaine Neil Orr and Amy Willoughby-Burle 2 p.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday April 22 for a reading of their latest novels Swimming Between Worlds and The Lemonade Year.
In The Lemonade Year Nina's once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. Then her father dies and issues with Nina's mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things.
All Nina's got left is her final photography assignment shooting images for the book 32 Ways to Make Lemonade. Well, that and the attention of a younger man, but Oliver's on-again-off-again romantic interest in her ebbs and flows so much she is seasick. And then Jack, her ex-husband, shows up, wanting to get back together.
As Nina struggles to find a way through her complicated relationships and to uncover her true path, she discovers just how valuable a second chance at life and happiness can be.
Amy Willoughby-Burle grew up in the small coastal town of Kure Beach, North Carolina. She studied writing at East Carolina University and is now a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us. She is the author of a collection of short stories entitled Out Across the Nowhere and a contributor to a number of anthologies.
Swimming Between Worlds From the critically acclaimed writer of A Different Sun, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement...
Tacker Hart left his home in North Carolina as a local high school football hero, but returns in disgrace after being fired from a prestigious architectural assignment in West Africa. Yet the culture and people he grew to admire have left their mark on him. Adrift, he manages his father's grocery store and becomes reacquainted with a girl he barely knew growing up.
Kate Monroe's parents have died, leaving her the family home and the right connections in her Southern town. But a trove of disturbing letters sends her searching for the truth behind the comfortable life she's been bequeathed.
On the same morning but at different moments, Tacker and Kate encounter a young African-American, Gaines Townson, and their stories converge with his. As Winston-Salem is pulled into the tumultuous 1960s, these three Americans find themselves at the center of the civil rights struggle, coming to terms with the legacies of their pasts as they search for an ennobling future.
Elaine Neil Orr is a writer of fiction, memoir, and literary criticism. She was born in Nigeria; the American South is her second home. She writes richly about the natural world, complex human relationships, and spiritual longing. In a starred review, Library Journal said of her first novel, A Different Sun, "This extraordinary novel shines with light and depth." Charles Frazier says of her new novel, Swimming Between Worlds, "a powerful and perceptive story, written with generosity and grace." She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2016, she was Kathryn Stripling Byer writer-in-residence at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. In addition to her books, her short stories and memoirs have appeared in The Missouri Review, Image, Shenandoah, and Blackbird, among other places. Visit her website at elaineneilorr.com