Queens F.O.L presents Local Author Series featuring Kathryn Schwille

Fall Local Author Series featuring Kathryn Schwille
October 10th

Park Road Books

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Kathryn Schwille is the author of the novel, What Luck, This Life, selected by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the best southern books of 2018. Her fiction has appeared in New Letters, Memorious, Literary Hub, Crazyhorse and other literary journals. Her stories have twice received Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. She was an award-winning newspaper reporter before moving to North Carolina to become an editor at The Charlotte Observer. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she now mentors writers and is on the regular faculty at Charlotte Center for Literary Arts.


What Luck, This Life begins in the aftermath of the 2003 space shuttle disaster, as the townspeople watch their pastures swarm with searchers, and reporters bluster at their doors. A shop owner defends herself against a sexual predator who is pushed to new boldness after he is disinvited to his family reunion. A closeted father facing a divorce that will leave his gifted boy adrift retrieves an astronaut’s remains. An engineer who dreams of orbiting earth joins a search for debris and instead uncovers an old neighbor’s buried longing.

In a chorus of voices spanning places and years, What Luck, This Life explores the Columbia disaster’s surprising fallout for a town beset by the tensions of class, race, and missed opportunity. Evoking Sherwood Anderson’s classic Winesburg, Ohio and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, the novel’s unforgettable characters struggle with family upheaval and mortality’s grip and a luminous book emerges—filled with heartache, beauty
and warmth.







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Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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