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