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Meet Bernie Brown, author of I NEVER TOLD YOU at Wonderland Book Club
co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network
Location: Quail Ridge Books,[masked] Lassiter Mill Rd · Raleigh, NC
Friday, October 29, 2021
Time: 10:15 a.m. to noon (Quail Ridge Books does not open until 10 AM)
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ABOUT THE BOOK
Small-town dress shop owner Anna’s daughter Katya leaves home for art school in September 1965. After that, nothing in their loving and devoted relationship is ever quite the same.
Anna and her long-time lover Dave, who is married, first enjoy the freedom of Katya’s absence until some threatening exposures move Anna to initiate a break-up. Her biggest fear is that Katya will learn of the affair. Instead of offering the peace of mind Anna hoped the split would bring, the separation brings frightening and dangerous results.
Away at art school, Katya is both thrilled and distressed by her attraction to fellow art student Paulette. Nothing in her protected small-town childhood has prepared her for being attracted to another girl. When they get to know each other in irresistible and frightening ways, Katya’s biggest fear is that her mother will find out.
Inevitably, the worst happens and mother and daughter learn each other’s secrets. Both react with hurt and anger and a desire never to see each other again. Can they regain their former devotion to one another or are they doomed to live out their lives bitter and unforgiving?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bernie is an Iowa farm girl transplanted to Raleigh, North Carolina. Bernie’s Iowa childhood, her travels in the States and Europe, and her contemporary life in Raleigh influence her short stories and essays. She isn’t sure where the urge to write ghost stories comes from. Their source is a mystery. Bernie has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. One of her stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and another was among contest winners in an anthology by Grateful Steps Publishing. She is a writer-in-residence at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities and a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Learn more about Bernie at berniebrownwriter.com.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
“This confection of a tale is spun with the technicolor dreams and nightmares of a teenaged girl named Katya on her way toward self-realization…The plot turns on many tantalizing events, expertly woven together and shot through with bright descriptive writing. Vivid characters quicken the plot and unwind the wraps on the mother/daughter secrets. I Never Told You is a lovely story of Katya and her mother.”—Mary Howard, author of Whiteout and The Girl with Wings.
“I Never Told You is a thought-provoking debut about betrayal, secrets, forgiveness, and forbidden identities. Set in the mid-1960s, and moving seamlessly between small-town culture and the flamboyance of Hollywood, it’s the story of a mother and a daughter struggling—despite themselves—to find acceptance and love.”—Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son and The Promise Between Us