Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Drawing from her personal experience, debut novelist and professional journalist Christine Lennon travels back to August 1990, when she was going into her junior year at the University of Florida and five young women were murdered by a killer who came to be known as “the Gainesville Ripper.” In The Drifter, Lennon gives us a work as much about the lives of the young women of that era – and the music and style that came to define their expectations – as the killer whose grisly spree disrupted those lives. This compelling novel even comes with its own playlist of songs from the protagonist’s “mix-tape” (Sonic Youth and Violent Femmes among these). Sample this unique thriller with debut novelist Christine Lennon’s L.A. launch – reading,talk, q&a, and signing.
For two decades, Elizabeth has tried to keep out the terrifying nightmares of her past. But twenty years after graduating from the University of Florida, her carefully curated life begins to unravel, forcing her to confront the past she’s tried so hard to forget.
1990s, Gainesville, Florida… Elizabeth and her two closest friends, Caroline and Ginny, are having the time of their lives in college—binge watching Oprah, flirting for freebies from Taco Bell, and breaking hearts along the way. But without warning, their world is suddenly shattered when a series of horrific acts of violence ravage the campus, changing their lives forever. Sweeping readers from the exclusive corners of sorority life in the South to the front-lines of the drug-fueled, slacker culture in Manhattan in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, when Elizabeth is forced to acknowledge her role in the death of a friend in order to mend a broken friendship and save her own life, The Drifter is an indelible story.
“[A] gripping thriller deepened by an examination of the intense and life-altering friendships young women form at the beginning of adulthood that rings with poignant truth. I could not put it down.” — Heather Young, author of The Lost Girls
Christine Lennon is a Los Angeles-based writer who began her career as an editor at W, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. Since moving to the West Coast and starting her freelance career, she has written for publications including T, the New York Times style magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, and Marie Claire. She began The Drifter by listening to the music she loved in 1990. For reasons we don’t completely understand, the friendships, stories, events and thoughts from the third decade of our lives — our 20s — become our most vivid recollections. The Drifter is Christine’s first book.