Boswell presents an evening with Mary Ellen Stefaniak, author of The World of Pondside. For this event, Stefaniak will be in conversation with Valerie Laken.
With help from Pondside Manor's quirky, twentysomething kitchen worker Foster Kresowik, nursing home resident Robert Kallman creates The World of Pondside, a video game that delights the nursing home's residents by allowing them to virtually relive blissful moments from days long past - or even create new ones. The game enlivens the halls of Pondside Manor, but chaos ensues when Robert is found dead, submerged in the pond, still strapped into his wheelchair. When the video game goes dark, its players grow desperate. Their pursuit has unintended consequences, uncovering both criminal activities and the secret plans.
From Willy Vlautin, author of The Night Always Comes and Lean on Pete: "There's so much I love about this novel. It manages that rare of feat of being many things at once: funny, endearing, heartbreaking, suspenseful, hopeful, and tragic. A real gem of a book that I couldn't put down."
Mary Helen Stefaniak is the prize-winning author of The Turk and My Mother, Self Storage and Other Stories, and The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia, which won the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction. Professor emerita of creative writing at Creighton University, she teaches fiction writing in the M.F.A. program at Pacific University and in the International Summer School at Renmin University in Beijing. Stefaniak is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The World of Pondside is her third novel.
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