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Night Shade, A Novel by Pauline Knaeble Williams

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Early one summer morning in 1850, as Penny McGinty leans over a cookstove in the sweltering Philadelphia kitchen, a knock from a slender fist upon the back door of the tall, narrow house interrupts the hum of insects hovering in the yard's overgrown garden. At first, neither Penny, nor the wealthy family for whom she cooks, nor the niece who spends her hours reading in the upstairs drawing room, nor even the man tending his horse in the stable just beyond the stone wall at the back of the garden will recognize the sound of the knock for anything more than it is. Penny McGinty opens the door and invites the traveler inside. Thus, begins Night Shade, a story of awakening, sacrifice, and struggle as the conflict for the nation's soul looms.

Pauline Knaeble William's first book, Finding Hollis, was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award in 2014. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Night Shade is her second novel.

Earlier Event: September 26
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