IN-PERSON EVENT: We are delighted to welcome award-winning and bestselling author Nina LaCour to Bookshop Santa Cruz for an in-person event to discuss her beautiful new novel Yerba Buena—a love story for our time and a propulsive journey through the lives of two women trying to find somewhere, or someone, to call home.
Yerba Buena received starred reviews from Booklist and BookPage and is a staff favorite!
"Nina LaCour’s debut adult novel shows us a love that tries to withstand the complications of life. By the end, my eyes were brimming with tears and I couldn’t wait to recommend it to everyone." —Andrea
When Sara Foster runs away from home at sixteen, she leaves behind the girl she once was, capable of trust and intimacy. Years later, in Los Angeles, she is a sought-after bartender, renowned as much for her brilliant cocktails as for the mystery that clings to her. Across the city, Emilie Dubois is in a holding pattern, yearning for the beauty and community her Creole grandparents cultivated but unable to commit. On a whim, she takes a job arranging flowers at the glamorous restaurant Yerba Buena and embarks on an affair with the married owner. The morning Emilie and Sara first meet at Yerba Buena, their connection is immediate. But the damage both women carry, and the choices they have made, pulls them apart again and again. When Sara's old life catches up to her, upending everything she thought she wanted just as Emilie has finally gained her own sense of purpose, they must decide if their love is more powerful than their pasts.
NINA LACOUR is the Michael L. Printz award-winning and nationally bestselling author of Watch Over Me, We Are Okay, Hold Still, and Everything Leads to You. She hosts the podcast Keeping a Notebook and teaches for Hamline University's MFA in writing for Children and Young Adults program. A former indie bookseller and high school English teacher, she lives with her family in San Francisco.