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Debut author to read at A Cappella Books
Debut author to read at A Cappella Books

ATLANTA -- A new novelist will read from her first book at A Cappella Books later this month.

Dale Kushner decided to write her debut novel, The Conditions of Love, while pursuing her MFA. She signed up for a poetry program, but soon switched to fiction after realizing she had a story to tell.

Kushner will read from and sign copies of The Conditions of Love at the Inman Park bookstore's Reading Room on Monday, June 23 at 7 p.m. 

A Cappella Books provided this synopsis of the novel:

In 1953, 10-year-old Eunice lives in the rural backwaters of Wisconsin with her mother, a manicureeste and movie star worshipper. Abandoned by her father, Eunice worries that she will share her mother's fate and become a misfit.

When the devoted Sam moves in, Eunice imagines her life will become normal. Through her eyes, we see the dissolution of hope when Sam gets kicked out, and she is again alone with her mother.

A freak storm precipitates Eunice's journey away from all things familiar. Rescued by the shaman-like Rose, Eunice's odyssey continues with a stay in a hermit's shack and ends with a passionate love affair with an older man. Through her capacity to reject bitterness and revenge and keep her heart open, Eunice saves herself from a doomed life, survives and flourishes.

In each of the three sections, Eunice is tested by destructive forces. Her innocence is lost and regained through her ability to confront and absorb change and an innate capacity for joy.

Refreshments reminiscent of Kushner's Wisconsin upbringing, including cheese curds, will be served at the reading.

Visit acappellabooks.com for more information. The bookstore is located at 208 Haralson Avenue NE.