Paula McLain in Conversation with Lisa Gardner

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 7:00pm

Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore are excited to welcome Paula McLain, author of the New York Times bestselling novels, The Paris WifeCircling the Sun, and Love and Ruin. On April 13th, 2021 she introduces her latest title, When the Stars Go Dark.

Paula will be joined by Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling thriller novelist. She recently released, Before She Disappeared.

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About When the Stars Go Dark

Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When overwhelming tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.

Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives–and our faith in one another

About Paula McLain

Paula McLain is New York Times bestselling author of the novels Love and RuinCircling the SunThe Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesGood HousekeepingO: The Oprah MagazineTown & CountryThe GuardianThe Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.

About Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty suspense novels, including The Neighbor, which won Thriller of the Year from the International Thriller Writers and most recently, Before She Disappeared, an instant New York Times bestseller. An avid hiker, traveler, and cribbage player, she lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

This event is co-sponsored by Barrett Bookstore. If you would like to pre-order a copy of When the Stars Go Dark, please visit their website.

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When the Stars Go Dark: A Novel By Paula McLain Cover Image
This title is out of stock indefinitely and not available to order.
ISBN: 9780593237892
Published: Ballantine Books - April 13th, 2021

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Darien, CT 06820-4127