The St. Louis County Library Foundation and Pudd'nHead Books are pleased to present the acclaimed author of the bestselling novel "Little Bee." Chris Cleave will sign and discuss his new novel "Gold" on Saturday, July 14, at 2:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Pudd'nHead Books.
Building on the tradition of his sensationally popular novel "Little Bee," Chris Cleave again writes with elegance, humor, and passion about friendship, marriage, redemption and how far we will go to save the ones we love.
Kate and Zoe met at 19 when they both made the cut for the national training program in track cycling--a sport that demands unwavering commitment. Now at 32, the women are facing their last and biggest race: the 2012 Olympics. Each wants desperately to win gold, and each has more than a medal to lose.
Kate is the more naturally gifted, but the demands of her life have a tendency to slow her down. Her eight-year-old daughter Sophie is fighting a recurrence of the leukemia that nearly killed her three years ago. Devoted and self-sacrificing, Kate knows her daughter is fragile, but at the height of her last frenzied months of training, might she be blind to the most terrible prognosis?
Intense, aloof Zoe has always hovered on the periphery of real human companionship, and her compulsive need to win at any cost has more than once threatened her friendship with Kate--and her own sanity. Will she allow her obsession, and the advantage she has over an anguished mother, to sever the bond they have shared for more than a decade?
Echoing the adrenaline-fueled rush of a race around the Velodrome track, "Gold" is a triumph of superbly paced storytelling. With great humanity and glorious prose, Chris Cleave examines the values that lie at the heart of our most intimate relationships, and the choices we make when lives are at stake and everything is on the line.
British author Chris Cleave's debut novel "Incendiary" won numerous literary awards in England and the United States. His second novel, "Little Bee," spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list.
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit www.slcl.org.
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