Featuring Tess Gerritsen, Susan Conley, and Sarah Perry
Read ME is a statewide summer reading program that gets Maine adults all reading two books recommended by a well-known Maine author.
For 2019, recommending author Tess Gerritsen has chosen Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley and After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry. The season will culminate in August with an episode of Maine Calling, aired in front of a live audience.
Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley
“What’s a more seductive place to set a novel than in Paris? This story of a young American woman working abroad is both delicious and poignant, a tale of love and loss and, ultimately, hope. When Willie Pears helps a desperate girl escape immigration detention, she endangers her career and her budding romance with a French lawyer. The love of friends and family help her through this crisis, and the tragedy to come. Gorgeously written, this book had me in tears by the end.”
After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry
“On the night her mother was murdered, twelve-year-old Sarah Perry was asleep in the same house. Haunted by fractured memories of that night, and by the turbulent years that follow the murder, she tracks down the truth of what really happened. Ms. Perry’s memoir of her Maine childhood is both a gripping mystery and a heartbreaking love letter to the fiercely devoted mother she lost.”