On Wednesday, February 6, The Round Table will be hosting a presentation by author Mermer Blakeslee, whose new novel, When You Live By a River has just been published by Narrative Library. The novel is set in 1931 on a valley farm in the town of Pepacton, already destined to be flooded for a NYC reservoir. Based in part on actual circumstances, this is a twisted love story in a world marked by loss, grief, and small town moral conventions. “Blakeslee’s world, lyrical and mythic, is filled with magic, visions, and dreams. Her characters are rooted in the land and connection to the animals with whom they share it….Blakeslee is a writer of talent and vision.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
Author Mermer Blakeslee has published three novels: Same Blood (Houghton Mifflin, 1989) and In Dark Water (Ballantine, 1998), When You Live by a River (Narrative Library, 2012) and a newly reissued non-fiction book, A Conversation with Fear. In Dark Water was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series. Blakeslee is the recipient of three New York Foundation of the Arts Fiction Fellowships. In 2006, she won the Narrative Prize for Leenie, an excerpt from When You Live by a River, and she has been a finalist in Narrative’s First and Second Annual Poetry Contests. She teaches a Fiction Workshop at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith, NY. She was born, raised and still lives in New York’s Catskill Mountains.
For more information on this presentation, call (845) 676-3534. ~