Image courtesy of Eagle Harbor Book Company | Eagle Harbor Book Company will host former Bainbridge Island resident Anna Quinn for a reading of her debut novel, “The Night Child,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.

Image courtesy of Eagle Harbor Book Company | Eagle Harbor Book Company will host former Bainbridge Island resident Anna Quinn for a reading of her debut novel, “The Night Child,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.

Former islander marks debut novel

Eagle Harbor Book Company will host former Bainbridge Island resident Anna Quinn for a reading of her debut novel, “The Night Child,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.

Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and 6-year-old daughter. But, one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a mysterious girl’s face appears above the students’ desks: “a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. Terror rushes through Nora’s body — the kind of raw terror you feel when there’s no way out, when every cell in your body, your entire body, is on fire — when you think you might die.”

Twenty-four hours later, while on Thanksgiving vacation, the face appears again.

Shaken and unsteady, Nora meets with neurologists and eventually, a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, a terrible secret is discovered, a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown.

The novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present.

Booklist called it, “an exhilarating debut.”

Quinn owns the Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Bookstore in Port Townsend, where she has been named the city’s Patron of the Arts. She is a published poet and essayist with 26 years of experience teaching and leading writing workshops across the country.

Visit www.eagleharborbooks.com to learn more.

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