Join us for a book reading & signing with Belle Boggs, author of The Gulf, and Katy Resch George, author of Exposure. Free & open to the public.
About The Gulf: Marianne is in a slump: barely able to support herself teaching, not making progress on her poetry, about to lose her Brooklyn apartment. When her novelist ex-fiancé, Eric, and his venture capitalist brother, Mark, offer her a job directing a low-residency school for Christian writers at a motel they’ve inherited on Florida’s Gulf Coast, she can’t come up with a reason to say no.
The Genesis Inspirational Writing Ranch is born, and liberal, atheist Marianne is soon knee-deep in applications from writers whose political and religious beliefs she has always opposed, but whose money she’s glad to take. Janine is a schoolteacher whose heartfelt poems explore the final days of Terri Schiavo’s life. Davonte is a former R&B superstar who hopes to reboot his career with a best-selling tale of excess and redemption. Lorraine and Tom, eccentric writers in need of paying jobs, join the Ranch as instructors.
Mark finds an investor in God’s Word God’s World, a business that develops for-profit schools for the Christian market, but the strings that come along with their support become increasingly problematic, especially as Marianne grows closer to the students. As unsavory allegations mount, a hurricane bears down on the Ranch, and Marianne is faced with the consequences of her decisions.
With sharp humor and deep empathy, in this timely debut novel Belle Boggs plumbs the troubled waters dividing America.
About Exposure: From the Dust Bowl to The Magic Kingdom, the Rust Belt to the casinos of Atlantic City, Exposure captures the slow- burn dramas of regret and desire that smolder across America. A grieving photographer blurs time with long exposures and darkroom fumes, inhaled hard. An abused young man searches the woods for abandoned children raised by wolves. A recovering addict takes his grown daughters on a Disney vacation, two decades too late. Collecting layered long stories and lyrical flash fictions, Exposure presents a poignant and formally surprising look at longing, family bonds, and the ever- human effort to reconcile our pasts with our hopes for the future. Evocative and wryly funny, Exposure marks the debut of a gifted and sensitive writer.