Author Jennifer Haupt will discuss her new novel, In the Shadow of the Hills, with novelist Rebecca Makkai at The Book Stall on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public.
Jennifer's new novel is set In 1968. A disillusioned and heartbroken Lillian Carlson leaves Atlanta after the assassination of Martin Luther King. She finds meaning in the hearts of orphaned African children and cobbles together her own small orphanage in the Rift Valley alongside the lush forests of Rwanda.
Three decades later, in New York City, Rachel Shepherd, lost and heartbroken herself, embarks on a journey to find the father who abandoned her as a young child, determined to solve the enigma of Henry Shepherd, a now-famous photographer.
When an online search turns up a clue to his whereabouts, Rachel travels to Rwanda to connect with an unsuspecting and uncooperative Lillian. While Rachel tries to unravel the mystery of her father's disappearance, she finds unexpected allies in an ex-pat doctor running from his past, and a young Tutsi woman who lived through a profound experience alongside her father.
Set against the backdrop of a country grieving and trying to heal after a devastating civil war, Haupt's stopry follows the intertwining stories of three women who discover something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness.
"This blazingly original novel is about the illusions of love, the way memory can confound or release you, and the knotted threads that make up family--and forgiveness. Profound, powerful, and oh, so, so moving." --Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author.
Jennifer Haupt went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006, a decade after the genocide that wiped out over a million people, to explore the connections between forgiveness and grief. She spent a month travelling in the 10,000 hills with a guide, interviewing genocide survivors and humanitarian aid workers, and came home to Seattle with something unexpected: the bones of a novel. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure, The Seattle Times, Spirituality & Health, and many other publications. In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills is her first novel.
Rebecca Makkai is the author of The Borrower, The Hundred-Year House, which won the Novel of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association, and Music for Wartime. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Harper's, and Tin House, among others. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two daughters. Her brilliant new novel, The Great Believers, will be released on June 19th, 2018.
In 1968, a disillusioned and heartbroken Lillian Carlson left Atlanta after the assassination of Martin Luther King.