Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Jackie Parker, award-winning poet, and bestselling author of the YA novel Love Letters to My Fans brings us a new (adult) novel about the reverberations of a series of miraculous sightings in the small town of Infidelity, California. Whether you are part of the 80% of Americans who believe in miracles – or the cold-eyed 20% who do not! – you may recognize yourself in this finely told tale of a troubled child and the rippling outward response to what she sees in a car-wash window. Come join the Our Lady of Infidelity in conversation with playwright and author Paul Kolsby. Signing to follow.
Our Lady of Infidelity: A Novel of Miracles begins when Luz Reyes, whose family was killed by death squads in her native land and whose mother is gravely ill, sees a vision in a car wash window. The car wash owner and a woman in search of her husband are next, and then even Luz’s skeptical mother sees it. Father Bill, though he tries to stop it, seems also to fall under its power. Soon a crowd forms to see the lady in the window and the “miracle child.” While at first it brings peace and healings, the town quickly turns against the vision and Luz after an unexpected death occurs, forcing the people to question whether they were duped, or given a fascinating gift. Part spiritual parable, part mystery, Our Lady of Infidelity gives readers a story of a miraculous child who opens the hearts of the people in a small town to their own capacity for love.
“What a wonderful tale! This soft-spoken, lyrical, and loving work dives deep into the world of mystical vision and emerges as a visionary work in itself. It feels like a blessing to swim in these waters.” —Bruce Joel Rubin, Academy Award–winning screenwriter of Ghost, Jacob’s Ladder, and Deep Impact
Jackie Parker is a writer and teacher of meditation. An award-winning poet, she is the author of the bestselling book for young adults Love Letters to My Fans and other works. She leads transformational workshops using meditation and writing as vehicles for healing, well-being, and community. She has designed and led classes for the UCLA Arts and Healing program and for schools and counseling centers, community gatherings, at-risk adolescents, and others.
Paul Kolsby has written for The Los Angeles Times, Details, Bikini, and the Los Angeles Reader—where his new novel, Ear to the Ground, co-written with David Ulin, was first published serially. His plays, including Banquo’s Issue and Planning the Separatist Ball, have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. He wrote the Sundance feature films City Unplugged and Spread and has original television series in development at NBC, Epix and Skydance Television. He’s written for Showtime’s Masters of Sex and currently writes for Ozark, new on Netflix. He’s served on the faculties of U.C.L.A. and N.Y.U., and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.