Lauren Clay has returned from a tour of duty in Iraq just in time to spend the holidays with her family. Before she enlisted, Lauren, a classically trained singer, and her brother Danny, a bright young boy obsessed with Arctic exploration, made the most of their modest circumstances, escaping into their imaginations and forming an indestructible bond. Joining the army allowed Lauren to continue to provide for her family, but it came at a great cost.
When she arrives home unexpectedly, it’s clear to everyone in their rural New York town that something is wrong. But her father is so happy to have her home that he ignores her odd behavior and the repeated phone calls from an army psychologist. He wants to give Lauren time and space to acclimate to civilian life.
Things seem better when Lauren offers to take Danny on a trip to visit their mother upstate. Instead, she guides them into the glacial woods of Canada on a quest to visit the Jeanne d’Arc basin, the site of an oil field that has become her strange obsession. As they set up camp in an abandoned hunting lodge, Lauren believes she’s teaching Danny survival skills for the day when she’s no longer able to take care of him.
But where does she think she’s going, and what happened to her in Iraq that set her on this path?
From a writer whom THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW says, “writes with a restraint that makes poetry of pain,” Be Safe I Love You is a novel about war and homecoming, love and duty, and an impassioned look at the effects of war on women—as soldiers and caregivers, both at home and on the front lines.
Cara Hoffman is the author of the critically acclaimed novel SO MUCH PRETTY. She teaches writing and literature at Bronx Community College and lives in New York City. From now through the event, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the NOLA VFW.
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Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 PM Cara Hoffman presents Be Safe, I Love You In conversation with journalist Lauren Wolfe
Cara Hoffman’s acclaimed work So much pretty addressed the awful pervasiveness of sexual violence against women – and the pervasive silence about it – in an eloquent and suspenseful novel, which she discussed at Greenlight. With her new novel Be Safe, I Love You, Hoffman looks at the effects of war on women – as soldiers and caregivers, both at home and on the front lines – in a novel of a soldier returned home from Iraq whose efforts to care for her younger brother reveal mysterious psychological rifts. Cara talks about women and war with journalist Lauren Wolfe, an award-winning journalist for publications including The Guardian and The Atlantic, who also serves on the advisory committee of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict.
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Set in a rural community steeped in silence and denial, So much pretty explores all parents’ greatest fear, that their child will be hurt. But it also examines a second, equally troubling question: What if my child hurts someone else? The disappearance and murder of nineteen-year-old Wendy White is detailed through the eyes of journalist Stacy Flynn and a host of other richly drawn characters, each with their own secrets and convictions. After Wendy’s body is found, Flynn’s intense crusade to expose a killer draws the attention of a precocious local girl, Alice Piper, whose story intertwines with Wendy’s in a spellbinding and unexpected climax. (added from IndieBound)… (more)
When Wendy White disappears from small town Haeden, New York, many lives are changed. Claire and Gene Piper and their precocious daughter Alice, relative newcomers to Haeden, and reporter Stacey Flynn are drawn into the web as the long-time residents of the town do their best to deny that anything is wrong. It is gritty, relentless and ultimately reckless Flynn who will chronicle Wendy White's existence from all the fragments she can find, while Alice does her own research and gets involved in her own way. But only we will ever know the whole story.
This discussion is free and open to the public. Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of So much pretty from Vroman's for every 3 books they bring from home. Save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.
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Cara Hoffman has won a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for her work on violence and adolescents and has worked as an investigative reporter covering New York State’s rural and Rust Belt communities, where she reported on environmental politics and crime. Hoffman will read from and sign her debut novel So Much Pretty ($16.00 Simon & Schuster). “This beautiful, stealthy novel creeps up on the mesmerized reader, subtly drawing new strands into itself until what begins as the suspenseful story of a rural American murder grows into a dark, disquieting and urgently fascinating examination of the violence and concealment practiced by a whole society. This is an impassioned, intelligent and important work of art.” —Chris Cleave, bestselling author of Little Bee and Incendiary (jpmoore)… (more)