A Room of One's Own is honored to bring Will Boast to our store for a reading from his stunning new book--his first memoir--Epilogue.
A few short years after Will Boast lost his mother and his only sibling (a younger brother), his father tragically died of alcoholism. At twenty four years of age, Boast found himself utterly alone. Although a heartbreaking loss, EPILOGUE is really about the remarkable aftermath.
While numbly carrying out the matters of his father’s estate, Boast discovered documents revealing a second family: his father’s ex-wife and two sons in England—brothers he never knew he had. Still reeling from the loss of his family, Boast is forced to re-evaluate his childhood and to look for hints of the man his father had been in his youth. Struggling against the stalwart example of his father, who never indulged his own pain, Boast asks “What am I do to do with mine?”
Moving between the Midwest and England, from scenes of his youth to the tentative discovery of his new family, Boast turns the searing gaze of a novelist on himself, writing with great beauty about nostalgia, grief, regret, and the slow way his heart is able to open again to a new kind of love.
A talented jazz musician, Will Boast’s memoir reads like an elegiac melody, transforming his astounding story into a profoundly resonant family narrative; as Jamie Quatro writes, “Boast’s story will break your heart; his prose will make it sing.”
A Room of One's Own welcomes Peter Fromm for a reading and book signing from his touching novel If Not For This.
After meeting at a boatman's bash on the Snake River, river runners Maddy and Dalt embark on a lifelong love affair. They marry on the banks of the Buffalo Fork, sure they'll live there the rest of their days. Forced by the economics of tourism to leave Wyoming, they start a new adventure, opening their own river business in Ashland, Oregon: Halfmoon Whitewater. They prosper there, leading rafting trips and guiding fishermen into the wilds of Mongolia and Russia. But when Maddy, laid low by dizzy spells, with a mono that isn't quite mono, both discovers she is pregnant and is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, they realize their adventure is just beginning.
Navigating hazards that dwarf any of the rapids they've faced together, Maddy narrates her life with Dalt the way she lives it: undaunted, courageous, in the present tense. Driven by her irresistible voice, full of wit and humor and defiance, If Not For This is a love story like no other.
Pete Fromm is a four-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award for the novels As Cool As I Am and How All This Started, a story collection, Dry Rain, and a memoir, Indian Creek Chronicles. His new novel is If Not For This. The film version of As Cool As I Am, starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, and Sarah Bolger, was released in June of 2013. He is the author of four other short story collections and has published over two hundred stories in magazines. A core faculty member at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program, he has a degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and worked for years as a river ranger in Grand Teton National Park. He lives with his family in Montana, where he can often be seen walking underneath his canoe to the river.