Thu, Jun 29|
*SOLD OUT* Cocktails & Conversation with Kathleen Grissom
Join NYT bestselling author of The Kitchen House as she shares her newest release over summer spritzers here at Birch Tree Bookstore!
When & Where
Jun 29, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Leesburg, 11 W Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176, USA
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
We invite you to sip on summer spritzers and join a small group of fellow readers at Birch Tree Bookstore for an evening of intimate conversation with Kathleen Grissom about her newest release, Crow Mary.
Afterward, Kathleen will sign books as guests enjoy private shopping time in Birch Tree Bookstore—without the crowds!
About the Author:
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kathleen Grissom spent a decade researching and writing Crow Mary. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House, Glory Over Everything, and Crow Mary, and is happily rooted in Charlottesville, VA.
About the Book:
New York Times bestselling author of the “touching” (The Boston Globe) book club classics The Kitchen House and the “emotionally rewarding” (Booklist) Glory Over Everything returns with a sweeping saga inspired by the true story of Crow Mary—an indigenous woman torn between two worlds in 19th-century North America. A strong, forceful woman who knows her own mind, she remains true to her values, and stands her ground against the encroaching white society to protect the future of her family, and their Crow legacy. Kathleen Grissom received the blessing of Crow Mary’s family and the Crow elders, following extensive research for the book. “Inspired by the life of the real Crow Mary and endorsed by her great-granddaughter, Crow elders, and Crow scholars, this is an epic love story that sweeps across decades, showcases the beauty of the natural world, and probes the intimacies of a marriage and one woman’s heart.”
In 1872, sixteen-year-old Goes First, a Crow Native woman, marries Abe Farwell, a white fur trader. He gives her the name Mary, and they set off on the long trip to his trading post in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan, Canada. Along the way, she finds a fast friend in a Métis named Jeannie; makes a lifelong enemy in a wolfer named Stiller; and despite learning a dark secret of Farwell’s past, falls in love with her husband.
The winter trading season passes peacefully. Then, on the eve of their return to Montana, a group of drunken whiskey traders slaughters forty Nakota—despite Farwell’s efforts to stop them. Mary, hiding from the hail of bullets, sees the murderers, including Stiller, take five Nakota women back to their fort. She begs Farwell to save them, and when he refuses, Mary takes two guns, creeps into the fort, and saves the women from certain death. Thus, she sets off a whirlwind of colliding cultures that brings out the worst and best in the cast of unforgettable characters and pushes the love between Farwell and Crow Mary to the breaking point.
From an author with a “stirring and uplifting” (David R. Gillham, New York Times bestselling author) voice, Crow Mary sweeps across decades and the landscape of the upper West and Canada, showcasing the beauty of the natural world, while at the same time probing the intimacies of a marriage and one woman’s heart.