Diane Wald will read from her new novel, Gillyflower, and discuss it with Deborah Schwartz
Boston, 1984. Even in a world without cell phones, messages come through loud and clear if one is listening. When Nora Forrest, a young woman not predisposed to act impulsively, has a dream she cannot ignore, she is compelled to take uncharacteristic action. Together with an aging Irish actor named Hugh Sheenan, she explores the unseen connections that bind total strangers in ways they cannot fathom. Gillyflower is a detective story, a love story, and a coming-of-age story—for the never really young and for the almost old.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.