Tuesday, April 9th, 7PM
Dave Patterson launches his debut novel: SOON THE LIGHT WILL BE PERFECT, in conversation with author Sarah Braunstein
Co-sponsored by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
A twelve-year-old boy lives with his family in a small, poverty-stricken town in Vermont. His father works at a manufacturing plant, his mother is a homemaker, and his fifteen-year-old brother is about to enter high school. His family has gained enough financial stability to move out of the nearby trailer park, and as conflict rages abroad, his father’s job at a weapons manufacturing plant appears safe. But then his mother is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes. Set over the course of one propulsive summer, SOON THE LIGHT WILL BE PERFECT chronicles the journey of two brothers on the cusp of adulthood, a town battered by poverty and a family at a breaking point. In spare, fiercely honest prose, Dave Patterson captures what it feels like to be gloriously, violently alive at a moment of political, social and familial instability.