Bookworks is excited to welcome Taos writer Kate Christensen to celebrate her new novel, Welcome Home, Stranger!
"Kate Christensen’s new novel, Welcome Home, Stranger, is a revelation, offering characters as real as your family and friends, a rich, vividly drawn setting, grab-you-by-the-throat drama and always, lurking in the shadows, a fierce authorial intelligence. What more could you ask?"
— Richard Russo, author of Somebody’s Fool
“…penetrating….Christensen skillfully portrays the issues at play in many families: there are deep bonds, but also deep resentments, “volcanic” emotions, and decades-old misunderstandings. The character Lucie, an immature, thwarted tyrant, is particularly well drawn. Readers in search of an engrossing family drama will find much to like."
What do you do when your mother dies? You get on a plane and go home. Environmental journalist Rachel Calloway is still suffering jet lag from a long Arctic flight as she boards another jet and heads to Maine to mourn. Rachel has avoided her past for years, and back in the bosom of her working-class New England family she soon remembers why she left. Amid a series of escalating crises, and surrounded by the at-once comic and heartbreaking people she left behind, Rachel must face some buried truths, come to terms with repressed sorrows, and begin the process of discovering who she is meant to become.
KATE CHRISTENSEN is the author of seven novels, most recently The Last Cruise. Her fourth novel, The Great Man, won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She has also published two food-centric memoirs, Blue Plate Special and How to Cook a Moose, which won the 2016 Maine Literary Award for Memoir. Her essays, reviews, and short pieces have appeared in a wide variety of publications and anthologies. She lives with her husband and their two dogs in Taos, New Mexico.