Billings author Carrie La Seur will sign copies of her literary thriller, The Home Place, at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St., on Friday, September 26 during the Art Walk from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
La Seur is from a family of homesteaders who settled the Gallatin Valley before it had that name. Her debut book draws on her Montana roots for setting and mood:
“The only Terrebonne who made it out, Alma thought she was done with Montana, with its bleak winters and stifling ways. But an unexpected call from the local police takes the successful lawyer back to her provincial hometown and pulls her into the family trouble she thought she’d left far behind: Her lying, party-loving sister, Vicky, is dead. Alma is told that a very drunk Vicky had wandered away from a party and died of exposure after a night in the brutal cold. But when Alma returns home to bury Vicky and see to her orphaned niece, she discovers that the death may not have been an accident.
“The Home Place is a story of secrets that will not lie still, human bonds that will not break, and crippling memories that will not be silenced. It is a story of rural towns and runaways, of tensions corporate and racial, of childhood trauma and adolescent betrayal, and of the guilt that even forgiveness cannot ease. Most of all, this is a story of the place we carry in us always: home.”
A Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law grad, La Seur founded the nonprofit Plains Justice in 2006 to help farmers, ranchers and Native Americans with the challenges presented by large scale energy development. She’s a licensed private pilot, and has a doctorate in modern languages from Oxford.
Copies of The Home Place will be available for purchase at the signing, which is open to the public. For more information, call 333-2330.