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Acclaimed author to read at Maine Coast Book Shop

Posted July 08, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
Last modified July 08, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
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DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Author Rebecca Makkai will return to Damariscotta 7 p.m. Friday,  July 11, at the Maine Coast Book Shop, 158 Main St. There will be a reading from the author’s new book, “The Hundred Year House,” followed by a discussion. She is “charmingly clever and mischievously funny” (author, Richard Russo) and will be delighted to meet attendees and sign copies of her book. Refreshments will be served.

Makkai lives outside Chicago with her husband and two daughters. Her stories have aired on NPR’s Selected Shorts and This American Life, and have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, and Ploughshares, where she blogs regularly. Her first novel, “The Borrower,” was released in June 2011. It was a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine selection, and one of Chicago Magazine’s choices for best fiction of 2011.

“Makkai follows her enthusiastically praised first novel, “The Borrower,” with an intriguingly structured tale—each section takes a step back in time—set on a fabled, possibly haunted estate north of Chicago…Her offbeat characters and suspenseful story could have added up to a stylish romp. Instead, Makkai offers that and much more as she stealthily investigates the complexities of ambition, sexism, violence, creativity, and love in this diverting yet richly dimensional novel.” (Booklist Starred review)

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