Deborah Reed will read from her novel Carry Yourself Back to Me at the Manzanita Writers’ Series at 7pm on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.
Both critics and fellow authors have praised the novel.
“Part whodunit, part romance, part family drama, and part childhood remembrance, Reed’s debut is a dense, psychologically complex meditation upon the flawed yet resilient nature of family and love that is simultaneously meditative and fast-paced.” —BOOKLIST
“Deborah Reed’s novel, Carry Yourself Back to Me, marries gorgeous and wise prose with a can’t-help-but-read-one-more-chapter plot. In it, Reed weaves a complex story of love and longing that’s mysterious, intelligent and full of heart. She had me from page one.” –Cheryl Strayed, author of the novel Torch, and Wild, a memoir.
In her first literary novel, Reed triumphs with this thoughtful, graceful story of singer/songwriter Annie Walsh. Readers will enjoy the novel’s engaging characters, intricate plot, and beautifully rendered sense of place. – Publisher’s Weekly
Carry Yourself Back to Me was selected as a Best Book of 2011 Amazon Editors’ Pick. It’s also inspired an original song by Zia McCabe of the Dandy Warhols.
Reed’s first book, A Small Fortune, a thriller written under the name of Audrey Braun, published to critical acclaim in July 2011. Her next Braun book releases in September. Local writers (and readers) will be fascinated by the unusual path her book publishing has taken. You’ll learn how she leveraged a self-published e-book into a 3-book contract, with some interesting twists along the way.
Her work has appeared in The Center For Fiction’s The Literarian, The Nervous Breakdown, Opium Magazine, More Magazine, and elsewhere. Reed is currently getting her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Pacific University and is at work on a new literary novel.
Following Reed’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work.
Admission for the evening is $7.