Katharine Britton speaks about “Little Island”
Location: Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Audience: Kids & Families
“Grace, Flowers, By the water, Have fun” these are Grace’s mother’s last words – left behind on a note. A note that Grace interprets as instructions for her memorial service. And so her far-flung clan will gather at their inn on Little Island, Maine, to honor her.
Grace’s daughter, Joy, dreads the weekend. Facing an empty nest and nebulous future, she feels more vulnerable than ever to the dangerous currents running through her family.
Twenty years ago, a tragedy nearly destroyed them – and still defines them. Grace, her husband Gar, Joy, and Joy’s twin siblings Roger and Tamar each played a role in what transpired. But this weekend, they will discover that there is more than pain and heartbreak that binds their family together, when a few simple words lift the fog and reveal what truly matters.
About the author
Katharine Britton teaches at the Institute of Lifelong Education at Dartmouth College, the Writer’s Barn in Shelburne and the Writer’s Center in White River, Vermont. She has written three screenplays, one of which is a Moondance International Film Festival winner, and has a master’s degree in creative writing from Dartmouth College. She is the author of one previous novel, Her Sister’s Shadow, and lives in Vermont.
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