Livestream Reading: Jessica O'Dwyer with Katey Schultz
Annie Bloom's welcomes California author Jessica O'Dwyer for a livestream reading from her novel Mother Mother. She'll be in conversation with Katey Schultz, author of Still Come Home. They will discuss the experience of working with a student-run, learning press—Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House Press—and they will also explore their approaches to authentically and respectfully "writing the other."
Signed copies of both authors' new books are available!
View the reading here: https://youtu.be/IvX-121VCtY
About Jessica O'Dwyer's Mother Mother:
A married couple in California grapples with race, betrayal, love, and loss when their son comes home from a Guatemalan orphanage. Contemporary art museum curator Julie Cowan achieves her dream of motherhood through adoption, but her life is far from perfect. Her pathologist husband, Mark, is distracted by his gorgeous, young intern, while her hotshot new museum director boss doubts Julie's curatorial chops. And Julie's six-year-old son, Jack (born Juan), may never recover from trauma inflicted by early life spent in a Guatemalan orphanage. Then Jack suffers a major health crisis, and everything pales next to saving his life. As much as Julie clings to being Jack's "only" mother, she needs to find his Guatemalan mother to unlock his medical history. Julie hires a professional searcher, and what she learns turns her world upside down. At the same time, Jack's birth mother, an indigenous Ixil Maya, navigates her own tumultuous path, beginning with surviving a horrific massacre. In this gripping tale told from alternating perspectives, both mothers must draw on fierce inner strength to reckon with their life choices.
About Katey Schultz's Still Come Home:
When the odds are stacked against you, doing everything right still might not be enough to protect yourself and the ones you love. The three characters in Katey Schultz's novel are each searching for the best way to be, the best way to live-all the while fighting cultural, societal, and political forces far beyond their control. As their paths intersect over the span of three days, Still Come Home explores how their decisions will forever alter each other’s lives. A former Portlander, Katey Schultz now lives in Celo, North Carolina with her husband and son.