Rush of Shadows
This event includes a book signing
January 23, 2015
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes short story author CATHERINE BELL for a reading from her debut novel, Rush of Shadows, winner of the 2014 Fiction Book of the Year Award from Washington Writers' Press.
When American pioneers set their hearts on a California valley where Indians had been living for thousands of years, a period of uneasy appraisal emerged, followed by conflict and soon enough by genocide. The epic greed and violence of the 1850s and 60s has been brushed aside by history, conveniently forgotten in the pride of conquest. Rush of Shadows brings to life two freethinking women, Mellie, a white, and Bahé, an Indian, who endure the clash of their cultures and come to an unlikely understanding.
"A vividly imagined historical drama of racial tension on America's last frontier. . . . Newlywed Mellie Pickett . . . develops a friendship with a healer woman she calls Bahe. . . . Bell's richly textured, well-researched narrative . . . captures the settlers' varied attitudes toward Native Americans, as well as the uncertainty and indiscriminate tragedy of frontier life. . . . From its first line—"It was a beautiful country, though I hated and feared it"—Bell's is a nuanced, intelligently crafted debut. This complex, confident novel introduces a promising new voice in historical fiction." —Kirkus Reviews
Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes
As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.
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