Booksmith is thrilled to present the virtual launch event for Michelle Richmond and her new novel The Wonder Test. She'll be in conversation with the one and only Katie Crouch! Join us for what is sure to be a wonderful evening.
Escaping New York City and the espionage case that made her question everything, recently widowed FBI agent Lina Connerly returns home to sell the house she has inherited in tony Greenfield, California. With her teenage son Rory, Lina hopes to reassemble her life, reevaluate her career, and find a clear way forward. Adrift and battling insomnia, she discovers that her father’s sleepy hometown has been transformed into a Silicon Valley suburb on steroids, obsessed with an annual exam called The Wonder Test.
When students at her son’s high school go missing, reappearing under mysterious circumstances on abandoned beaches, Lina must summon her strength and her investigative instincts, pushing her own ethical boundaries to the limits in order to solve the crimes. Meanwhile, an old espionage case called Red Vine keeps calling her back into the fold. While Lina struggles to balance her new role as a single mother and the complex counterintelligence puzzles she is so adept at solving, Greenfield’s shadowy dangers creep closer to her own home.
A searing view of a culture that puts the wellbeing of children at risk for advancement and prestige, and a captivating story of the lengths a mother will go for her son.
Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels and story collections, including The Marriage Pact, Golden State, The Year of Fog, and Hum. She received the Truman Capote Prize for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Short Story. Her books have been published in thirty languages. She lives with her husband and son in Northern California. Author photo by Nick Elliott.
Katie Crouch is the New York Times bestselling author of Girls in Trucks, Men and Dogs, and Abroad. Her new novel, Embassy Wife, was optioned and is currently in development with 20th Television. She has also written essays for The New York Times, Slate, Salon, and Tin House. A former resident of San Francisco, Katie now lives in Vermont with her family and teaches creative writing at Dartmouth College. Author photo by Liniers.
Please note: This is a free event but registration is required.