JoAnne Tompkins with Erica Bauermeister
We are delighted to host this virtual book publication launch with Port Townsend writer Joanne Tompkins reading from and discussing her debut novel, What Comes After (Riverhead), with Erica Bauermeister, whose most recent book, House Lessons: Renovating a Life (Sasquatch) is just out in paperback. What Comes After introduces what looks to be a distinctive new literary voice, one here steeped in layers of mystery.
“What Comes After is a tender, wise debut, both grave and hopeful. In telling the story of the violent act that rocks a small community—and what emerges from the ashes—JoAnne Tompkins explores responsibility and forgiveness, connection and loss, the families we’re born into and the ones we create. What Comes After asks whether we are inevitably shaped by the wounds we inherit—and the ones we give ourselves—or whether transformation, and redemption, are possible.”—Chloe Benjamin.
And Erica Bauermeister, herself: “This is a book for the ages. A powerful, compassionate page-turner, What Comes After dives deep into the best and worst of humanity and comes out singing. This is a story of families failed and made, of lives lost and found and taken, and of anger and forgiveness—elusive, precious, and overwhelming. Joanne Tompkins is a clear-eyed reader of souls, and she gives them to us in all their complicated and terrible beauty.”