Pulitzer finalist will visit London Library May 8

Lee Martin, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, “The Bright Forever,” will visit London Public Library at 7 p.m. May 8 to talk about storytelling and read from his newest book, “River of Heaven.”

Martin also has penned the novel, “Quakertown;” a story collection, “The Least You Need to Know;” and two memoirs, “From Our House” and “Turning Bones.”

The Columbus resident directs the creative writing program at The Ohio State University. He has won a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, a Lawrence Foundation Award, and the Glenna Luschei Prize.

Like “The Bright Forever,” “River of Heaven,” released in April, is about a small town with human, fallible characters and a surprising dark undertone that keeps the pace moving. At the center of “River of Heaven” is a tale of two brothers, a lifetime of estrangement, and the secret that lies buried between them.

At 65, Sam Brady lives a life of quiet solitude. Never married, it’s his faithful dog Stump who keeps him company. But when Sam is featured in the local newspaper for a special dog house he has built for Stump, some of his carefully guarded secrets threaten to come to the surface.

Duncan, the reporter for the story, discovers that Sam was a classmate of Duncan’s relative, Dewey Finn—a young boy who stretched across the town’s train tracks to commit suicide 50 years before.

It’s the surprise appearance of Sam’s older brother, Cal, who arrives after decades of self-exile from their small southern Illinois town, that threatens to make the connections that Sam will do anything to prevent.

Martin’s visit also will include a book signing. London Library is located at 20 E. First St. For more information, call 740-852-9543 or go to www.london.lib.oh.us. Admission to the event is free.

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