Elliot Reed: A Key to Treehouse Living joined by Alexis Smith
Please join us in welcoming author Elliot Reed, introduced and moderated by local writer and author of "Marrow Island", Alexis Smith!
About "A Key to Treehouse Living" (Thanks to publisher Tin House Books):
"William Tyce is growing up alone. His mother died in a psych ward, his father mysteriously disappeared soon after, and he lives with his less-than-watchful uncle in rural Missouri. When his uncle, a gambler, ends up in jail, it’s up to William to build a life out of the wreckage. He knows he needs to bring order to his chaotic world, to break the pattern of generations before him. So he makes a key.
'A Key to Treehouse Living' unfolds as a series of glossary entries—some laugh-out-loud funny, some poignant, some stunningly perceptive—penned by William over the course of two years. Each of them introduces us to another element of his world, but together they’re so much more than the sum of their parts.
We follow William from juvenile housing facilities to riverside encampments to Greyhound bus stations; we head downriver on a makeshift raft in search of his father. The result is a coming-of-age story that’s extraordinarily nuanced, sneakily philosophical, and electrifyingly intimate."
About author Elliot Reed:
Elliot Reed received his MFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville and is currently living in Spokane, Washington.
About "Marrow Island":
It has been twenty years since Lucie Bowen left the islands--when the May Day Quake shattered thousands of lives; when Lucie's father disappeared in an explosion at the Marrow Island oil refinery, a tragedy that destroyed the island's ecosystem; and when Lucie and her best friend, Katie, were just Puget Sound children hoping to survive.
Now, Katie writes with strange and miraculous news. Marrow Island is no longer uninhabitable and no longer abandoned. She is part of a community that has managed to conjure life again from Marrow's soil. Lucie returns. Her journalist instincts tell her there's more to this mysterious "Colony" and their charismatic leader--a former nun with an all-consuming plan--than its members want her to know. As she uncovers their secrets, will Lucie endanger more than their mission? And what price will she pay for the truth?
About author Alexis Smith:
Alexis M. Smith was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her debut novel, "Glaciers", has been translated into Spanish and Italian. It was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and a World Book Night 2013 selection. "Marrow Island" is the winner of a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.
A Key to Treehouse Living is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents, who grows up near a river in the rural Midwest. In a glossary-style list, he imparts his particular wisdom on subjects ranging from ASPHALT PATHS, BETTA FISH, and MULLET to MORTAL BETRAYAL, NIHILISM, and REVELATION.
“Eerie and intriguing . . .$12.95ISBN: 9781935639206Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Tin House Books - January 17th, 2012
Isabel is a single, twentysomething thrift-store shopper and collector of remnants, things cast off or left behind by others.