FREE IN-STORE EVENT: Bookshop welcomes award-winning journalist and author Peggy Townsend for a reading and signing of her new novel The Beautiful and the Wild, a story of survival in the wilds of Alaska that explores the question of whether we can ever truly know the person we love—or ourselves.
"Townsend has written a breath-stopping, heart-thumping, page-turning, keep-you-up-at-night story. Wild is the word." —Karen Joy Fowler, bestselling author of Booth and We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
This event is cosponsored by Catamaran Literary Reader.
The dangers of Alaska aren't limited to storms, starvation, and grizzly bears. Sometimes the most dangerous thing is the person you love.
It's summer in Alaska and the light surrounding the shipping-container-turned-storage shed where Liv Russo is being held prisoner is fuzzy and gray. Around her is thick forest and jagged mountains. In front of her, across a clearing, is a low-slung cabin with a single window that spills a wash of yellow light onto bare ground. Illuminated in that light is the father of her child, a man she once loved. A man who is now her jailor. Liv vows to do anything to escape.
Carrying her own secrets and a fierce need to protect her young son, Liv must navigate a new world where extreme weather, starvation, and dangerous wildlife are not the only threats she faces. With winter's arrival imminent, she knows she must reckon with her past and the choices that brought her to the unforgiving Alaskan landscape if she is ever going to make it out alive.
"The Beautiful and the Wild by Peggy Townsend is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat Alaskan wilderness survival story and so much more; a brilliantly insightful and compelling dysfunctional family drama that kept me turning the pages at warp speed. I loved this book!"—Karen Dionne, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Marsh King's Daughter
PEGGY TOWNSEND is an award-winning journalist and author. Her work has appeared in Catamaran literary magazine, Santa Cruz Noir, The Boston Globe Magazine, Memoir Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. Twice she lived for seven weeks in her van, traveling to Alaska and along the back roads of the U.S.