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National Book Award Winner Visits Darien Library For Author Conversation

Emily Gray Tedrowe's "Blue Stars," focuses on the home front during wartime. Photo Credit: Contributed
Phil Klay is the 2014 National Book Award winner for "Redeployment." Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Library will host a conversation between Emily Gray Tedrowe, author of "Blue Stars," and Phil Klay, 2014 National Book Award winner for "Redeployment" on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m.

"Blue Stars" brings to life the realities of the modern day home front: how to get through the daily challenges of motherhood and holding down a job while bearing the stress and uncertainty of war, when everything can change in an instant. It tells the story of Ellen, a Midwestern literature professor, who is drawn into the Iraq war when her legal ward Michael enlists as a Marine; and of Lacey, a proud Army wife who struggles to pay the bills and keep things going for her son while her husband is also deployed.

"Redeployment," a short story collection, takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in the stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

Gray Tedrowe is also the author of "Commuters: A Novel," which was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly. Her short fiction has been published in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Fifty-Two Stories, and Other Voices.

Klay won the 2014 National Book Award for fiction for Redeployment. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He deployed to Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He left the Corps in July, 2009, and received his master's of fine arts from Hunter College, where he studied with novelists Colum McCann and Peter Carey, and worked as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford’s research assistant.

The Darien Library is at 1441 Post Road.

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