Wayland Author George Harrar Presents 'Reunion at Red Paint Bay'
Please join us on Sunday, February 10 at 3pm, as George Harrar presents his wonderfully engaging Reunion at Red Paint Bay, a fast-paced and psychologically complex novel.
Red Paint calls itself "the friendliest town in Maine," a place where everyone knows one another and nothing too disturbing ever happens. Native son Simon Howe is a sturdy family man - a good father and husband - and owner-editor of the town's newspaper. Because there's rarely any real news, he runs stories about Virgin Mary sightings, highschool reunions, and petty criminals.
One day Simon's predictable and peaceful life is disrupted by the arrival of an anonymous postcard, the first in a series of increasingly menacing messages. He tries to ignore them, but the implied danger becomes more real, threatening to engulf his wife and son as well. The Howe family becomes engaged in a full-scale psychological battle with their unidentified stalker - without even knowing it. Secrets from Simon's past are uncovered, escalating toward a tense and unexpected climax.
More than a conventional mystery or thriller, Reunion at Red Paint Bay is an exploration of the consequences of guilt, denial, and moral absolutism. Harrar weaves a dramatic and suspenseful tale sure to spur readers into examining the limits of responsibility for one's actions.
George Harrar is the author of two novels for adults, including the literary mystery The Spinning Man. Among his dozen published short stories, "The 5:22" won the prestigious Carson McCullers Prize and was selected for The Best American Short Stories 1999. Harrar lives west of Boston with his wife, Linda, a documentary filmmaker. Their son, Tony, was the inspiration for Harrar's award-winning novel for middle-grade readers titled Parents Wanted.
The author will read and excerpt, take Q&A, and sign books at a free author program at The Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street, Concord, MA, on Sunday, February 10 at 3:00pm; seating opens at 2:30. For more information, phone 978-369-2405, or visit www.concordBookshop.com.