Elk River Books continues its winter reading series at Pine Creek Café with a presentation by local author Janet Fox, whose latest historical novel for young readers, Sirens, is set in 1920s New York City:
“Josephine Winter, seventeen, is sent to live with relatives in New York City after her bootlegging father receives a threat, but bookish Jo harbors her own secrets. She finds friendship with lively Louise O’Keefe and romance with sweet jazz musician Charlie. But haunted by the spirit of her missing brother, Jo uncovers a nest of family lies that threaten everyone she loves, and Lou, in the thrall of the dangerous, seductive gangster Daniel Connor, is both Jo’s best friend and potential enemy. As Jo unlocks dark mysteries and Lou’s eyes are opened, the girls’ treacherous paths intertwine. Jo and Lou together will have to stand up to Connor in order to find their hearts and hang onto their souls in the ‘decade of decadence.’”
Sirens is just the latest in a series of award-winning books from Fox, a former high school English teacher who moved to Bozeman where her son is going to school. Her first novel, Faithful, set in Yellowstone National Park in 1904, was nominated for a Young Adult Library Services Association award, as well as an Amelia Bloomer List pick in 2011. Forgiven, with the 1906 San Francisco earthquake as a backdrop, was a Junior Library Guild selection 2011, and a 2012 Willa Cather Literary Awards finalist.
Fox will read at the Pine Creek Café beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14. The café is located ten miles south of Livingston on East River Rd. at Pine Creek Rd. The event is free, but dinner reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information call 224-5802, or for reservations 222-3628.