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Anna Noyes in Person

Join us on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 PM as Anna Noyes talks about her new novel, The Blue Maiden. This is the May selection of the First Editions Club.

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About the Book

From the author of Indie Next Pick and New York Times Editor's Choice Goodnight, Beautiful Women comes a transportive and chilling debut novel of two sisters growing up on an isolated Northern European island in the shadow of their late mother and the Devil

It's 1825, four generations after Berggrund Island's women stood accused of witchcraft under the eye of their priest, now long dead. In his place is Pastor Silas, a widower with two wild young daughters, Beata and Ulrika. The sisters are outcasts: imaginative, oppositional, increasingly obsessed with the lore and legend of the island's dark past and their absent mother, whom their father refuses to speak of.

As the girls come of age, and the strictures of the community shift but never wane, their rebellions twist and sharpen. Ever capable Ulrika shoulders the burden of keeping house, while Bea, alone with unsettling visions and impulses, hungers for companionship and attention. When an enigmatic outsider arrives at their door, his presence threatens their family bond and unearths - piece by piece - a buried history to shocking ends. All the while Berggrund's neighboring island The Blue Maiden beckons, storied home of the Witches' Sabbath and Satan's realm, its misted shore veiling truths the sisters have spent their lives searching for.

A Nordic Gothic laced with the horrors of life in a patriarchy both hostile to and reliant on its women, The Blue Maiden is a starkly beautiful depiction of lost lineage and resilience.

About the Author

ANNA NOYES’ debut collection, Goodnight, Beautiful Women, was a finalist for the Story Prize and the New England Book Award, as well as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, Indie Next Pick, Barnes and Noble Discover
Great New Writers Selection, and Amazon Best Book of the Month. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Vice, A Public Space, and Guernica, among others. She has received the
Lotos Foundation Prize and the Henfield Prize, as well as residencies from MacDowell, Yaddo, Lighthouse Works, the James Merrill House, and Aspen Words. She lives in New York, on Fishers Island.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802162809
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - May 14th, 2024

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