To the grand tradition of good, old-fashioned love stories like The Notebook and Atonement, and sweeping literary historicals like March and City of Light, debut novelist Cathy Marie Buchanan adds an inspiring new contribution: The Day the Falls Stood Still (August 25; $24.99; Hyperion; Voice). The late summer debut that is sure to make readers rave is a rich, radiant tale set in early 20th century
The Day the Falls Stood Still tells the story of independent, strong-willed Bess Heath. When the story opens, Bess is seventeen, the privileged child of one of
In the midst of her family’s upheaval, Bess defies her parents’ wishes by falling head over heels for Tom Cole, a handsome, rough-hewn riverman from the ‘wrong’ side of the tracks. Tom, whose character is based on an actual historic person, has a mystical connection to the falls, an uncanny ability to predict disaster, and a fierce love for Bess that they both believe can conquer all. Strong historic elements are woven throughout the narrative. Both Tom and Bess are torn between love and responsibility, faith and destiny.
Cathy Marie Buchanan was born and raised in
Ms. Buchannan is coming to Lift Bridge Book Shop in Brockport on Friday, September 18, 2009, at 7pm. Her presentation will include slides and an engaging talk, followed by Q&A and a book signing. For more information, call 585-637-2260.