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Actor and Director Andrew McCarthy Presents Debut Novel at SLCL

Press Release

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 2:15p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series is pleased to present actor and director Andrew McCarthy for a discussion and signing of “Just Fly Away,” his young adult novel. The event will be Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

program is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Books for signing will be available at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Bestselling memoirist, actor, and director Andrew McCarthy presents his debut novel about one girl's discovery of family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one's way in the world, written with wisdom and sympathy.

“Ever wish that you could just fly away?”

When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her home and her life. How could Lucy’s father have betrayed the entire family? How could her mother forgive him? And why isn’t her sister rocked by the news the way Lucy is?

As her father’s secret becomes her own, Lucy grows more and more isolated from her friends, her family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she thought understood her. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family’s secrets and lies.

“Just Fly Away” is a novel about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one’s way in the world from an award-winning writer, actor, and director.

Star of film classics “Pretty in Pink,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” and Mannequin,” Andrew McCarthy is the author of the New York Times bestselling travel memoir, “The Longest Way Home.” He is an editor at large at National Geographic Traveler magazine.

St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series hosts free family events with authors and musicians. Sponsors include Commerce Bank, Mercy Kids, Companion, and the Sara Guth Costigan Memorial Fund.

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.