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Coming Up at Longfellow Books...!

 

Monday, May 9th at 7pm
THE ROPE SWING
by Jonathan Corcoran
*at Longfellow Books*

"Jonathan Corcoran's Appalachian voice, so fierce, so tender, portrays tradition as both weapon and soothing balm. The Rope Swing takes us inside quiet revolutions of the soul in mountain towns far from Stonewall: we can never go home again, but we recognize ourselves in these linked stories of love, loss, the economic tyranny of neglect and exploitation, and the lifelong alliance between those who stay and those who leave. The Rope Swing establishes a new American writer whose unerring instincts are cause for celebration."

—Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Quiet Dell, Lark and Termite, and Black Tickets

 

A once-booming West Virginia rail town no longer has a working train. The residents left behind in this tiny hamlet look to the mountains that surround them on all sides: The outside world encroaches, and the buildings of the gilded past seem to crumble more every day.

These are the stories of outsiders, the down and out. What happens to the young boy whose burgeoning sexuality pushes him to the edge of the forest to explore what might be love with another boy? What happens when one lost soul finally makes it to New York City, yet the reminders of his past life are omnipresent? What happens when an old woman struggles to find a purpose and reinvent herself after decades of living in the shadow of her platonic life partner? What happens to those who dare to live their lives outside of the strict confines of the town's traditional and regimented ways?

The characters in The Rope Swing—gay and straight alike—yearn for that which seems so close but impossibly far, the world over the jagged peaks of the mountains.

For more information about our upcoming readings, check out our event calendar!

 

Longfellow Bestsellers!

Check out Longfellow's Top 25 Bestsellers this week, and see what your neighbors are reading!

 

1. The Rope Swing by Jonathan Corcoran

2. Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

3. Bookstore Cats Pouch by IBD

4. One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood

5. Barbarian Days by William Finnegan

6. The Blue Hour by Douglas Kennedy

7. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

8. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

9. Those Who Leave & Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

10. The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

Click here for the rest of the list!

 

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