Rebecca Kauffman, writer-in-residence at Eastern Mennonite University, presents a Writers Read event Thursday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m.
She will preview her next work, Chorus, a novel told in linked short stories. Kauffman notes that although it won’t be released until early 2022, it “is more aligned with [her] current state of mind” than her earlier novels. The event also includes conversation between the author and EMU Writing Studies faculty member Chad Gusler, and Q & A.
Members of the public can view the free livestream on Facebook Live from our EMU Facebook page. (You do not need a Facebook account or page to access Facebook Live, nor does clicking on the link obligate you in any way to Facebook.)
Her novel The House on Fripp Island (Profile Books, 2020) earned The Times Best Crime Fiction of June 2020 and was an Amazon Editors Best Book of June 2020. It was also voted Best New Books of June 2020 by People magazine.
She is also the author of The Gunners, winner of the Premio Tribuk dei Librai award in Italy, and Another Place You’ve Never Been, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.
Kauffman is originally from rural Ohio. She earned an MFA in creative writing from NYU. Learn more at her website: http://www.rebeccakauffman.net/
Selected praise for The House on Fripp Island
The House on Fripp Island is about how “things aren’t always as they seem”. It is rare to care about every character in a crime novel. Rebecca Kauffman, in wryly highlighting the inherent sadness of things, ultimately resembles not Alice Sebold but the great Alice Munro. -The Times
Rebecca Kauffman turns each cog of this compelling murder-mystery with a delightfully sensual slowness. Her taut prose and punchy observations add to her steady, assured delivery…The novel throbs not from the urgency of a thriller, but instead from the escalating tensions of dark familial secrets that battle to stay contained. -The Irish Examiner
…a compelling slice of domestic noir. -Crime Fiction Lover
“Rebecca Kauffman has long been one of my favorite writers, and The House on Fripp Island is her best novel yet. The story of two very different families brought together for an unlikely vacation that takes a dangerous turn, Kauffman’s latest is a rare and gripping combination of gloriously observed prose and three hundred pages of pure suspense. I loved it.” —Julie Buntin, author of Marlena
“I was stunned by the twists and turns of Rebecca Kauffman’s masterful novel, The House on Fripp Island. Bring plenty of sunscreen when you take this book to the beach…you’ll be reading all day long.”—Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Same Sky