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The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St (But the Main Entrance Is Around the Corner on 5th), Los Angeles, California 90013
The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Venice-based musicians and artists k-blamo and Sacramento author Maureen O'Leary in their performance THE GHOST DAUGHTER: The Shaker of Truth. Join us for music, sweets, and a reading of THE GHOST DAUGHTER, inspired by the Loma Prieta earthquake the author and artists survived in 1989 downtown Santa Cruz.
In 1971, a wounded young man runs with his daughter in the woods at night. As he collapses, he tells the little girl to run, and she does. Eighteen years later, in October 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake buries twenty-two-year-old Angel Kelley under a collapsed building. Her adoptive mother Judith is diagnosed with cancer while her deepest secrets surface in national news. In nearby Silicon Valley, Reese Camden loses her husband in an accident that kills him and critically injures their five-year-old daughter Madison. As news images of Angel's rescue emerge, Detective Laura Redleaf recognizes Judith from an unsolved missing child case. She travels to Santa Cruz and learns from Judith that Reese is actually Angel's biological mother Teresa, who has always known that Judith had her child. But Teresa has already fled and reinvented herself yet again, leaving her second daughter Madison in the hospital. Facing a kidnapping charge, Judith refuses medical treatment and bars Angel from visiting her in prison. For life to move forward, Teresa must reclaim her identity and confront her terrible past. In the end, it will take more than tons of rubble to crush the spirits of these four strong-willed women as they fight for their families, seek redemption, and find love.
Maureen O’Leary is from Sacramento. She is the author of the novels How to Be Manly, The Arrow, and THE GHOST DAUGHTER. Her short stories and poetry appear in the publications of Esopus, Night Train Journal, Brackish Vol. 2, and Vol. 4, Revolution John, Prick of the Spindle, The Gold Man Review, and in Shade Mountain Press’ anthology The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women.
Please note that our store has limited capacity (a mere 300!), so get here early.
Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase a copy of the author's title from The Last Bookstore. Any outside books must be checked with security upon entering the store. This policy applies to all Last Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.