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T. Greenwood - "Rust & Stardust"

T. Greenwood - "Rust & Stardust"

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 7:30pm

7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

On Wednesday, August 15th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host T. Greenwood to discuss and sign her new novel, Rust & Stardust. T. Greenwood has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council. Two Rivers was named 2009 Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards, and Grace received the same award for 2012. Her eighth novel, Bodies of Water, was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. Greenwood teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer's Ink, Grossmont College, and online for The Writer's Center. She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, CA, with their two daughters. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

In 1948, 11-year-old Florence “Sally” Horner was abducted by Frank La Salle, a pedophile who would hold her captive for nearly two years. Vladimir Nabokov read a mention of the case in the newspaper, and it inspired Humbert Humbert and Dolores “Lolita” Haze from Lolita. Despite this, Sally’s story is little known and all but forgotten. T.Greenwood takes readers on a gut-wrenching journey with her fictional retelling of the Sally Horner case.

When Sally steals a notebook from the local Woolworth's, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute—unless she does as he says.

This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.

Greenwood spent two and a half years meticulously researching Sally Horner’s case and years drafting her story. Greenwood writes, “My hope is that I have breathed life into this forgotten child, that I have done justice to the tragic story of a girl who, until now, has endured only inside the parenthetical confines of a single sentence in one of America’s most controversial and iconic novels.”