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Anne Whitney Pierce, Down to the River - IN PERSON

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Sat, 06/18/2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Come on down to the Readings Gallery to hear Anne Whitney Pierce discuss her latest novel about life and love in the 1960s.

We are still operating at a limited capacity so we recommend pre-registering on Eventbrite. 

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Down to the River is a family saga set in the late 1960s in Cambridge, Massachusetts against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Twin brothers, Nash and Remi Potts, have grown up as entitled, Harvard-educated, golden boys, heirs to an old, but dwindling family fortune. With the passage of time, the gold veneer of prosperity begins to chip away, and their lives begin to falter. We meet Remi and Nash in 1968, in their mid-forties and partners in a sporting goods store in Harvard Square. The twins' marriages are in trouble. Their youngest children, Chickie and Hen (mistakes, they're often called....), are coming of age during the turbulent urban wilderness of the late 1960s-- school bomb threats, racial tensions, war protests and demonstrations at Harvard and beyond. With all hell breaking loose at home, and any semblance of "parenting" hanging ragged in the wind, the two cousins are left largely to their own devices. Suddenly freed from old rules and restrictions, they head out onto the streets of Cambridge, which become their concrete playground, tumbling headlong into a world of politics, sex, drugs, rock and roll.

Anne Whitney Pierce is a lifelong Cantabrigian and the author of two books, Galaxy Girls: Wonder Women (1993) and Rain Line (2000). While raising her three daughters, she taught writing in the graduate Writing Program at Emerson College in Boston.  Her short fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kansas Quarterly, Crosscurrents, and the Southern Review, among others. Her work has been included in the O’Henry Prize Story Collection and has won several awards, including the Nelson Algren Award, the Willa Cather Fiction Prize, the Paterson Fiction Prize, New Voices Award and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. 

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ISBN: 9781646031887
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Regal House Publishing - May 3rd, 2022