Celebrate the launch of a new novel by Sharon Solwitz with a conversation between Sharon and local author S. L. Wisenberg.
In the turbulent summer of 1968, four high school friends make a pact that will change their lives forever. For the next two weeks, they will live for each other and for each day. Then, at the end of the two weeks, they will sacrifice themselves on the altar of their friendship. In the two-week span in which the novel takes place, during the summer before their senior year of high school, the lives of Kay, CJ, Saint, and Vera will change beyond their expectations.Once, in Lourdes is a gripping, haunting novel about the power of teenage bonds.
Sharon Solwitz is the author of a novel Bloody Mary and a collection of short stories, Blood and Milk, which won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library and the prize for adult fiction from the Society of Midland Authors and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Several of her stories have been featured in Pushcart Prize anthologies and Best American Short Stories. Other honors for her individual stories, which have appeared in such magazines as TriQuarterly, Mademoiselle, and Ploughshares, include the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, the Nelson Algren Literary Award, and grants and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. Solwitz teaches fiction writing at Purdue University and lives in Chicago with her husband, the poet Barry Silesky.
S. L. Wisenberg is the author of Holocaust Girls, Adventures of Cancer Bitch, and The Sweetheart Is In, a collection of short stories that was named a book of the year by the Chicago Tribune.