Partners Village Store and Kitchen will welcome author Claire Messud for the next installment of its Summer Writers Series Tuesday, June 26, 6 p.m., in honor of the paperback release of her latest novel "The Burning Girl."
Messud will chat with local writer Dawn Tripp, author of the national bestselling novel "Georgia."
Described as a masterwork of psychological fiction, "The Burning Girl" tells the story of teenagers Julia and Cassie, friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts.
But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship.
"'The Burning Girl' is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood’s imaginary worlds and painful adult reality — crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence," Partners said in a news release.
The store says Messud is as accomplished at weaving a compelling fictional world as she is at asking the big questions: To what extent can we know ourselves and others? What are the stories we create to comprehend our lives and relationships?
Mixing fable and coming-of-age tale, "The Burning Girl" gets to the heart of these matters, according to the release.
"The Burning Girl" was named one of the best books of the year by The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Financial Times, Town & Country, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Refinery29 and Literary Hub.
Messud is the recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The author of five other works of fiction lives in Cambridge with her family.
Seat reservations can be made by calling Partners at 508-636-2572 or emailing email@example.com.