Books in Common: Jamie Harrison & Jamie Ford

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 7:30pm

Award winning author Jamie Harrison shares her new book The Center of Everything with writer Jamie Ford.

Books in Common is excited to welcome Jamie Harrison to share her new book The Center of Everything with fellow writer, and Montanan, Jamie Ford. A compelling family drama set against the dangerous beauty of Yellowstone, Polly is trying to get her life back on track after a recent accident. A head injury has scattered her perception of the present, bringing events from 30 years ago to the surface.

Set against the wild beauty of Montana as a woman attempts to heal from a devastating accident, this generational saga from the award-winning author of The Widow Nash is a heartfelt examination of how the deep bonds of family echo throughout our lives.

For Polly, the small town of Livingston, Montana, is a land charmed by raw, natural beauty and a close network of family that extends back generations. But the summer of 2002 finds Polly at a crossroads: a recent head injury has scattered her perception of the present, bringing to the surface long-forgotten events. As Polly's many relatives arrive for a family reunion during the Fourth of July holiday, a beloved friend goes missing on the Yellowstone River. Search parties comb the river as carefully as Polly combs her mind, and over the course of one fateful week, Polly arrives at a deeper understanding of herself and her larger-than-life relatives. Weaving together the past and the present, from the shores of Long Island Sound to the landscape of Montana, The Center of Everything examines with profound insight the memories and touchstones that make up a life and what we must endure along the way.

Jamie Harrison, who has lived in Montana with her family for more than thirty years, has worked as a caterer, a gardener, and an editor, and is the author of The Center of EverythingThe Widow Nash, and the four Jules Clement/Blue Deer mysteries: The Edge of the CraziesGoing Local, An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence, and Blue Deer Thaw. She was awarded the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading the West Book Award for The Widow Nash, and was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award.

The son of a Chinese American father, Jamie Ford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and Songs of Willow Frost. His most recent novel is Love and Other Consolation Prizes . Ford is an award-winning short-story writer, an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and a survivor of Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

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The Center of Everything Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640092341
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 12th, 2021

Love and Other Consolation Prizes: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804176774
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Ballantine Books - June 19th, 2018

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The Widow Nash Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640090361
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 8th, 2018

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345505347
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Ballantine Books - October 6th, 2009

Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345522030
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Ballantine Books - March 11th, 2014

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