Michelle Hoover Author Event
Michelle Hoover, author of the 2017 All Iowa Reads book, Bottomland, will be at the Marshalltown Public Library on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting rooms for a book talk and signing.
Based on the real life story of the author’s grandmother, Bottomland begins in Iowa in the wake of World War I. The novel follows the Hess family as they try to navigate the anti-German sentiment following World War I. But when the youngest two daughters vanish in the middle of the night, the family must piece together what happened while struggling to maintain their life on the unforgiving Iowa plains. Have the girls run away to another farm? Have they gone to the city to seek a new life? Or were they abducted? Ostracized, misunderstood, and increasingly isolated in their tightly-knit small town in the wake of the war, the Hesses fear the worst. Hoover’s novel was described in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as “a mystery wrapped in isolation and ethnic fear…an atmospheric and engaging tale.”
Michelle Hoover is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University and teaches at GrubStreet, where she leads the Novel Incubator program. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read.” Her latest novel, Bottomland, is the 2017 All Iowa Reads selection. She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston.
Books will be for sale after the event. This event is free and open to the public. Please visit the library’s website at www.marshalltownlibrary.org or call the library’s Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4 for more information.