Join Angela Palm to celebrate the launch of her new memoir, Riverine.
ABOUT THE BOOK: The winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, Riverine is a spellbinding collection of essays on place, young love, a life-altering crime.
Angela Palm grew up in a place not marked on the map, her house set on the banks of a river that had been straightened to make way for farmland. Every year, the Kankakee River in rural Indiana flooded and returned to its old course while the residents sandbagged their homes against the rising water. From her bedroom window, Palm watched the neighbor boy and loved him in secret, imagining a life with him even as she longed for a future that held more than a job at the neighborhood bar. For Palm, caught in this landscape of flood and drought, escape was a continually receding hope.
Though she did escape, as an adult Palm finds herself drawn back, like the river, to her origins. But this means more than just recalling vibrant, complicated memories of the place that shaped her, or trying to understand the family that raised her. It means visiting the prison where the boy that she loved is serving a life sentence for a brutal murder. It means trying to chart, through the mesmerizing, interconnected essays of Riverine, what happens when a single event forces the path of her life off course.
"Riverine is a beautiful book--both expansive and intimate--about homecoming and departure, the American ideal of reinvention and the ways we are bound to and bound by the past."
— Brigid Hughes, Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize Judge
Combining lyrical prose with a haunting narrative, Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize–winner Palm recounts a story filled with secret longings, family history, and musings on what might have been...this is a memoir to linger over, savor and study.”
— Publishers Weekly starred review
“Densely symbolic, unsentimental, and eloquent, Palm’s book explores the connections between yearning, desire, and homecoming with subtlety and lucidity. The result is a narrative that maps the complex relationships that exist between individual identity and place. An intelligent, evocative, and richly textured memoir.”
— Kirkus Reviews starred review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Angela Palm owns Ink + Lead Literary Services and is the editor of an anthology of Vermont writers, Please Do Not Remove. Her work has appeared in Paper Darts, Midwestern Gothic, Tampa Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
DATE: Thursday, August 25th at 7pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington
ADMISSION: Tickets are $3 per person, and include a coupon for $5 off a book by the featured author. Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event. Seating is limited.