Writers Read Presents Susan Carol McCarthy

Reading and discussing her Cold War-era novel

A Place We Knew Well

Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, December 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook

mccarthy-susan-carolSusan Carol McCarthy is the award-winning author of three works of literary fiction, Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands, True Fires, and A Place We Knew Well, plus the non-fiction Boomers 101: The Definitive Collection.

place-we-knew-well-cover-artIn A Place We Knew Well, McCarthy digs into the sociological affects of the Cuban Missile Crisis on Americans.

On October 19, 1962, The United States and the Soviet Union are at a stand-still and so is the Avery Family. The town of College Park, Florida is buzzing with gossip about the traffic at McCoy Air-force Base and Wes Avery, a World War II veteran and former bomb-dropper, can’t help but assume the worst—the United States is on the brink of catastrophe. In this intimately gripping novel, readers are brought into the 13-day period of panic, fear and uncertainty that was the Cuban Missile Crisis, the emotional repercussions of which were incredible and yet, the impact on the psyches of everyday citizens largely forgotten. With A Place We Knew Well, McCarthy seeks to remind us.

McCarthy's debut novel has been widely selected by libraries and universities for their One Book, One Community and Freshman Year Read programs, and incorporated into school curricula in twenty-nine states and six countries. Although each of her novels was inspired by true historical events in her home state of Florida—a series of shocking race crimes, notoriously corrupt small-town politics, a week of military-imposed terror—McCarthy is best known for creating muscle-and-blood characters caught at the flashpoint when the larger political becomes intensely personal, and for her original blend of “fact, memory, imagination, and truth with admirable grace” (The Washington Post). Visit her website for more information.

A Place We Knew Well will be available for sale—at a special reduced rate for the holidays—and signing.

For more information, contact Kit-Bacon Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.