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Literary Cocktail Hour: Danielle Trussoni Discusses, "The Ancestor: A Novel"

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Tim Weed  interviews Danielle Trussoni on her new novel, The Ancestor, a literary gothic novel that explores the darker realms of ancestry and inheritance. The book has been widely praised, described by Kirkus Reviews as "an opulently romantic horror tale" and "gothic extravaganza." Publishers Weekly called it "a deliciously creepy tale of a windfall turned nightmare”...”an intense, darkly gothic narrative with elements of mystery, the paranormal, and legendary tales." Separated from her husband,  Alberta Monte receives a mysterious letter regarding an inheritance that includes a castle in the snow-covered Italian Alps. After traveling to the castle (via private jets and helicopters), she discovers a gothic castle filled with eccentric caretakers, a mad woman in the attic, vicious guard dogs and monsters of legend that snatch small children—all with a side of DNA testing—her family secrets. it is indeed the perfect summer read!

Danielle Trussoni is the New York Times, USA Today, and Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of the supernatural thrillers Angelology and Angelopolis. She currently writers the Horror column for the New York Times Book Review and she has recently served as a jurist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Trussoni holds an MFA in Fiction from the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she won the Michener-Copernicus Society of America award. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her family and her pug Fly.

Tim Weed is the author of short fiction collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing and a YA novel, Will Pooles Island.  Tim serves on the core faculty of the Newport MFA in Creative Writing and as an instructor at GrubStreet, the country’s largest independent creative writing center. He is a member of the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau. He lives with his family in Putney, VT.

Production Date: 
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 15:00

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