Thursday, July 14th at 7 p.m.
Gina Wohlsdorf’s debut novel Security has been hailed as a new classic in suspense with an audacious, cinematic premise worthy of Hitchcock, and prose and characters equal to the plot in virtuosity. And Ivy Pochoda’s second novel Visitation Street is piling up high praise – as did her first novel, The Art of Disappearing – for social-psychological insight and poetic flair that imbues the suspense with literary depth. Get your literary thrills on with these two gasp-inducing originals on Thursday, July 14th at 7 p.m.
Security is at once a shocking thriller, a brilliant narrative puzzle, and a moving, multifaceted love story unlike any other. When the gleaming new Manderley Resort opens in twenty-four hours, Santa Barbara’s exclusive beachfront hotel will offer its patrons the ultimate in luxury and high-tech security. But all the money in the world can’t guarantee safety. One by one, staff are picked off with ruthless precision. As the hotel manager, Tessa, desperately struggles to survive, it will become clear that the strangest and most terrible truth is simply this: someone is watching. With stunning ingenuity, Gina Wohlsdorf puts readers front and center, with a deep bow to the literary tradition of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne du Maurier.
“This horror story with a humorous edge casts video surveillance as both hero and villain and raises plentiful goose bumps as a result.” — Kirkus Reviews
“More than just plot twists and a terrifically tender love story…[Her] playful homage to Hitchcock and du Maurier [had] me reading, howling, and just plain loving this novel.”
— Sara Gruen, author of At the Water’s Edge
In Visitation Street, Ivy Pochoda combines vivid prose with breathtaking psychological insight to explore a cast of solitary souls, pulled by family, love, betrayal, and hope. Summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an isolated blue-collar neighborhood where hipster gourmet supermarkets push against tired housing projects and the East River opens into the bay. Bored and listless, fifteen-year-olds June and Val are looking for fun. Forget the boys, the bottles, the coded whistles. Val wants to do something wild and a little crazy: take a raft out onto the bay. But on the water during the humid night, the girls disappear. Only Val survives, washing ashore in the weeds, bruised and unconscious.
“A powerfully beautiful novel”
—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“Gritty and magical, filled with mystery, poetry and pain, Ivy Pochoda’s voice recalls Richard Price, Junot Diaz, and even Alice Sebold, yet it’s indelibly her own.” —Dennis Lehane
Gina Wohlsdorf was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, and graduated from Tulane University. In 2013 she earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Security is her first novel.
Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Visitation Street and The Art of Disappearing. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Huffington Post, Self, and House & Garden. She has a BA from Harvard College in Classical Greek and an MFA from Bennington College in fiction. Ivy grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband.