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A Sense of Place and Time in The Quickening, February 13, 2011

Author Michelle Hoover

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

In December 2010, The Quickening (Other Press) was a shortlisted finalist for the annual Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize awarded by The Center for Fiction. Set in midwestern farmland during the Great Depression, the story unfolds through the course of friendship between two disparate women whose lives are linked by challenging circumstances. Although Iowa-born author Michelle Hoover drew inspiration from a journal written late in life by a great-grandmother, her novel taps into human experience beyond its specific place and time.

Michelle Hoover teaches writing at Boston University and Grub Street. In 2005, she won the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction. She has been a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference scholar, the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell fellow, and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

She has published fiction in Confrontation, The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, and Best New American Voices, among others.

The Quickening will be available for purchase and autograph.

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