Award-winning author Enid Shomer introduces her latest book, Tourist Season.
In Tourist Season Shomer offers
ten brilliant, richly detailed unforgettable stories of resilient
women, aged seventeen to seventy, each at a pivotal point in
her life. Their journeys cross distances of place and mind: A
middle-aged Floridian who learns that she is the reincarnation
of a Buddhist saint takes daring steps on her path to enlightenment;
a long-buried secret forces one woman to leave the daughter she
deeply loves; a Radcliffe student faces shocking family truths
and taboos during the summer of 1966; an unexpected kinship forms
between two women who land in a county jail after an excursion
to Las Vegas. These travelers wander through shifting emotional
landscapes of love, sex, and relationships, and often miss the
destinations they’d wished to reach–of insight, connection,
and understanding. Whether journeying to new geographical locales
or exploring uncharted personal terrain, Tourist Season offers
a provocative, engaging, and often humorous road map of the heart
“[When reading Enid Shomer’s stories,] the thing
one quickly senses is the will and the voice, someone saying,
in effect, ‘Relax, be comfortable, I’m going
to take good care of you.’ These are very fine stories.” –James
Salter, in Imaginary Men
“Beautifully made, surprising
and inevitable, wonderfully inventive and deeply true, these
stories are full of small, irreverent, straight-faced miracles.
They will lead women of all ages to suspect that the best may
be yet to come.” –Pam
Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness and Sight Hound
Neverne Covington will host the event.
Program Date & Time
Free admission. Donations appreciated.
The Writers & Authors Series is curated
by Carol Ringold.
This program made possible through a grant from:
This project was funded in part by the Pinellas
County Commission through the Pinellas County Arts Council’s
Cultural Development Grant program.