Wednesday, August 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
In The Lost Girls, Heather Young has crafted a multilayered story, lauded as much for its resonance of place as it is praised for its gorgeous suspense. Meet this outstanding newcomer to the suspense genre as local author Ivy Pochoda talks with her about this tale of loss and loyalty on Wednesday, August 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
The Lost Girls is a beautifully-written tale, told in the voices of two women linked by a decades-old family mystery at a Minnesota lake house. Before her death, Lucy Evans writes the story of what happened one devastating summer, when her six-year old sister Emily vanished. She wills the notebook—along with the house—to her grand-niece Justine. For Justine, the house offers freedom and stability—a way to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the home she never had. But the long Minnesota winter is just beginning. The house is cold and dilapidated. The dark, silent lake is isolated. The only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more about the summer of 1935 than he’s telling. Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance, her vagabond mother arrives to steal her inheritance, and the man she left launches a dangerous plan to get her back. Justine must overcome this haunted legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.
“Places hold memories, The Lost Girls reminds us so beautifully; places shape us, bind us, haunt us, but sometimes, they can redeem us, too.” — Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Sister
Heather Young earned her law degree from the University of Virginia, and practiced law in San Francisco before beginning her writing career. She received an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and has studied at the Tin House Writers’ Workshop and the Squaw Valley Writers’ Workshop. The Lost Girls 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 downtown Los Angeles with her husband.