Two area authors, Victoria Josslin and Connie Hampton Connally, will visit Eagle Harbor Book Company for a special doubleheader event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26.
Bainbridge Island’s Josslin will speak about her novel “The Bookstore of Other Languages,” and Tacoma-based Connally will speak about her novel, “The Songs We Hide.”
Both stories traverse the globe in adventure.
“The Bookstore of Other Languages” is “an international romance, a screwball comedy, and a mystery set in motion by a jolt of magical realism,” according to Jim Demetre, former arts editor of Seattle Magazine.
In the book, Bryce Hanford, aimless, drifting and stuck, needs a spark of energy. He finds it at The Bookstore of Other Languages, which offers “effortless fluency in any language through a simple and safe outpatient procedure.” Always helpful, never trustworthy, The Bookstore leads Bryce, his family, his true love, his girlfriend (oops), a couple of fraudulent co-conspirators, and a deus ex machina of questionable ethics from Seattle to Tirana to Paris, with a slight detour to Manaos.
While Bryce finds it in himself to handle fraud, smuggling, and a friend’s sudden cancer diagnosis, not to mention handling Cousin Brenda, he also finds that what he really wants is someone who speaks his own language.
Connally’s “The Songs We Hide” is set in 1951 Hungary, a grim land after a lost war and a brutal conversation to communism.
In this milieu of dread, the best land of Péter Benedek’s peasant family is seized and his life upended. Moving to Budapest for a manual labor job, Péter meets Katalin Varga, an unwed mother whose baby’s father has vanished, most likely at the hands of the secret police. Both Péter and Katalin keep their heads down and their mouths clamped shut, because silence is the only safety they know. The two have something in common besides fear: They are singers whose very natures make the silence unbearable.
When Katalin starts giving Péter voice lessons, they take an intrepid step out of hiding by making music together. Little by little they tell each other what they cannot tell others. In their bond of trust, they find relief and unexpected happiness. Yet the hurts and threats in their lives remain, waiting. As harsh reality assaults them again, is hope even possible? Facing their hardest trials yet, Péter and Katalin learn to carve dignity and beauty out of pain.
Visit www.eagleharborbooks.com to learn more.