Thursday, March 19, 7pm
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page
Considering recommendations from the CDC, TaraShea will be in conversation with Left Bank Books' Shane Mullen in a Facebook Live discussion of her new book "Beheld." Join us for this interactive conversation and order a copy of your book from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Left Bank Books presents best-selling and award winning author, TaraShea Nesbit, who will sign and discuss her historical fiction novel, Beheld, about the first killing in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
It begins with a killing. Ten years after the Mayflower struck shore on rocky, unfamiliar soil, Plymouth is not the land its residents had imagined. Seemingly established on a dream of religious freedom, the town is led by fervent Puritans who prevent the Anglican residents from worshipping as they choose. The Billingtons—Anglicans, outsiders, and rebels—have just about had enough, and that’s when a stranger arrives.
With gripping, immersive details and beautiful prose, TaraShea Nesbit reframes the story of the pilgrims in the voices of two women of very different status and means. She evokes a vivid, ominous Plymouth, populated by famous and unknown characters alike, each with conflicting desires and questionable behavior. Suspenseful and literary, Beheld is about a murder and a trial; but it’s also about the motivations—personal and political—that cause people to act in unsavory ways.
Whose stories get told over time, who gets believed—and subsequently, who gets punished? Beheld is an intimate, personal portrait of love, motherhood, and friendship, and an exploration of what people lose and whet they struggle to maintain.
TaraShea Nesbit is the author of The Wives of Los Alamos, which was a national bestseller, a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize, and a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice,” and the winner of two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. She earned a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Denver. She is an assistant professor at Miami University and lives in Oxford, OH with her family.