Wednesday, December 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books presents an event with best-selling author Aleen Eskens, who will sign and discuss his new novel set in 1976 Missouri, Nothing More Dangerous!
After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him. Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins -- a black family settling into a community where notions of "us" and "them" carry the weight of history -- forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he's taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold. But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town -- and he will be forced to choose sides.
Allen Eskens is the USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, and The Heavens May Fall. His debut novel, The Life We Bury, has been published in 16 languages and is being developed as a feature film.
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Nothing More Dangerous from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
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Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.