Daphne Kalotay presents BLUE HOURS at Newtonville Books

Daphne Kalotay celebrates her new novel, BLUE HOURS, with a brief, lively reading and Q&A.

Book Launch for BLUE HOURS

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning writer DAPHNE KALOTAY—author of Russian Winter and Sight Reading— for a discussion of her latest novel, Blue Hours. She will be joined in conversation by acclaimed writer and environmental attorney RISHI REDDI.

About Blue Hours

A mystery linking Manhattan circa 1991 to eastern Afghanistan in 2012, Blue Hours tells of a life-changing friendship between two memorable heroines. When we first meet Mim, she is a recent college graduate who has disavowed her lower-middle-class roots to befriend Kyra, a dancer and daughter of privilege, until calamity causes their estrangement. Twenty years later, Kyra has gone missing from her NGO’s headquarters in Jalalabad, and Mim—now a recluse in rural New England—embarks on a journey to find her.

Anchored by an uninvited voyage into an extraordinary place, with a love story at its core, Blue Hours combines the adventure and moral complexity of Lillian Hellman’s Julia and Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder to tell a global story at an intimate level. In its ethical provocations, Blue Hours becomes an unexpected page-turner, confronting America’s role in the conflicted, interconnected world.

JESSICA BERGER GROSS and DAPHNE KALOTAY discuss GROSS’ family memoir, Estranged

Join Brookline Booksmith as they host debut author JESSICA BERGER GROSS and novelist DAPHNE KALOTAY (Sight Reading, Russian Winter) for a discussion of the process of writing about family and abuse.

In her powerful new memoir, Estranged, reminiscent of Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, JESSICA BERGER GROSS recounts the internalization of her abusive childhood, the decision to break free from her family, and the difficult road that followed that ultimately allowed her to carve a path to happiness.

This event is not ticketed.