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Juliet Grames in Person

Join us on Monday, August 12 at 7 PM as Juliet Grames presents her new novel, The Lost Boy of Santa Chionia. She will be joined in conversation by Rachel Lyon.

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About the Book

One unidentified skeleton. Three missing men. A village full of secrets. The best-selling author of The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna brings us a sparkling—by turns funny and moving—novel about a young American woman turned amateur detective in a small village in Southern Italy.

Calabria, 1960. Francesca Loftfield, a twenty-seven-year-old, starry-eyed American, arrives in the isolated mountain village of Santa Chionia tasked with opening a nursery school. There is no road, no doctor, no running water or electricity. And thanks to a recent flood that swept away the post office, there’s no mail, either.

Most troubling, though, is the human skeleton that surfaced after the flood waters receded. Who is it? And why don’t the police come and investigate? When the local priest's housekeeper begs Francesca to help determine if the remains are those of her long-missing son, Francesca begins to ask a lot of inconvenient questions. As an outsider, she might be the only person who can uncover the truth. Or she might be getting in over her head. As she attempts to juggle a nosy landlady, a suspiciously dashing shepherd, and a network of local families bound together by a code of silence, Francesca finds herself forced to choose between the charitable mission that brought her to Santa Chionia, and her future happiness, between truth and survival.

Set in the wild heart of Calabria, a land of sheer cliff faces, ancient tradition, dazzling sunlight—and one of the world’s most ruthless criminal syndicates—The Lost Boy of Santa Chionia is a suspenseful puzzle mystery, a captivating romance, and an affecting portrait of a young woman in search of a meaningful life.

About the Author

JULIET GRAMES is the best-selling author of The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Real SimpleParade, and The Boston Globe, and she is the recipient of an Ellery Queen Award from the Mystery Writers of America. She is editorial director at Soho Press in New York.

About Rachel Lyon

RACHEL LYON is author of the novels Self-Portrait with Boy, which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction's 2018 First Novel Prize, and Fruit of the Dead, which was named a most anticipated book of 2024 by outlets including Elle, Oprah Daily, and People magazine, and is the NEPM Book Club pick for summer 2024. Rachel's short work has appeared in publications such as One Story, The Rumpus, and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading. A teacher of creative writing at various institutions, most recently Bennington College, Rachel lives with her husband and two young children in Western Massachusetts, where she cohosts the Dream Away Reading Series. She will be the 2024 Paris Writer in Residence, an appointment cosponsored by the Paris School of Arts and Culture, the American University of Paris, and the Centre Culturel Irlandais.


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Event date: 
Monday, August 12, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
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ISBN: 9780593536179
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Published: Knopf - July 23rd, 2024

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