Vol. IX, no. 1..........................................WINDOWS............................................Nov. 1996

Meet Author Kate Lehrer on November 22

by Barbara Standlee

[Photo of Kate Lehrer]Kate Lehrer will read and discuss Out of Eden, her new novel, on Friday, November 22, at a reception on the TCU campus from 3:00 to 4:30. Sponsored by the Friends of the TCU Library and the TCU Alumni Association, the event will take place in the new Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

A TCU graduate, Lehrer grew up in Texas where she met her husband, Jim. They now live in Washington, D.C. Her previous novels are the best-selling Best Intentions and When They Took Away the Man in the Moon. Before starting to write ten years ago, Lehrer taught English literature and raised three daughters. Out of Eden is based on the historic account of two women, an East Coast widow and a disinherited French woman, who in the 1880s built side-by-side identical houses near Hutchinson, Kansas. The story's location moves from the glamor and elegance of Paris to Chicago, and migrates finally to the Kansas frontier, where strength, perseverance and even the bounds of friendship are tested. While telling the story of Charlotte and Lydia, the novel explores the larger issue of women's search for independence and identity. In its review, the Washington Post praised "its brave, complicated ideas about women and the West." Larry L. King, author and playwright, noted that the book will "surely strike sparks with today's modernist readers."


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