Topeka author to give reading from her new women’s fiction book at Raven event

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Author Lara Avery will give a reading and hold a discussion on her new novel during a Thursday evening book launch celebration at the Raven Book Store.

Avery, of Topeka, has written three young adult novels, including “The Memory Book,” and articles and essays for many publications. “The Year of Second Chances,” published this month, is her debut women’s fiction novel.

“Robin Lindstrom spent her first year as a young widow cocooned in the safe haven of the Minnesota farmhouse she’d once shared with Gabe, the love of her life—the man she thought she’d be with ’til the end,” a synopsis of the novel begins.

“But her world is turned upside down when she receives an email informing her that her late husband has enrolled in something called ‘Fluttr’ — a dating service? ‘The app subscription lasts 12 months; use it!,’ Gabe’s message-from-the-grave reads. ‘I don’t like the thought of you being alone. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it as a favor to me. Please.'” Read the full synopsis of the book at this link.

Bryn Greenwood

Avery will be in conversation with Bryn Greenwood, of Lawrence.

Greenwood is “a fourth-generation Kansan, one of seven sisters, and the daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer,” according to a brief bio from the Raven. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things,” “Last Will,” and “Lie Lay Lain.”

The book release party is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at the Raven Book Store, 809 Massachusetts St.

“Between bad dates and a possible match, Robin watches her favorite horror movies at home alone. But when she starts to say yes to life’s invitations again, she makes some beautiful discoveries,” Raven bookseller and co-owner Mary Wahlmeier Bracciano writes in a review. “Anyone in need of a fresh start is sure to be inspired by this lovely book.”

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