Reading: Melissa Fraterrigo and Jacquelyn Vincenta

Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the forthcoming novel Glory Days (University of Nebraska Press, fall 2017) and the short story collection The Longest Pregnancy. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in more than forty literary journals and anthologies from Shenandoah and The Massachusetts Review to storySouth, and Notre Dame Review. She has been a finalist for awards from Glimmer Train on multiple occasions, twice nominated for Pushcart Awards, and was the winner of the Sam Adams/Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Contest. She teaches classes on the art and craft of writing at the Lafayette Writers’ Studio in Lafayette, Indiana.

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Local romance author Lydia Carroll only knows one version of the MSW story: her husband’s. English professor Frank Carroll has been fixated on the mystery of her disappearance for years, crafting a narrative based on Mary’s poetry and journals that insist that Mary lived past that night in 1939. As Frank’s behavior grows more erratic, Lydia sees that his interest in Mary has evolved into an obsession―one that threatens to destroy the family they have built together. Lydia throws herself into the mystery, hoping to solve it and bring peace back to her home. But as Lydia begins investigating, her son takes action with a plan of his own…one that will bring the family to a breaking point and change Lydia’s destiny forever.

Jacquelyn Vincenta has been writing since she was a child. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English Literature with Honors in Creative Writing, and has made language the center of her career ever since then. Vincenta’s first paid writing job was as a police beat reporter for the Slidell (Louisiana) Daily News, and her current non-fiction job is as blog writer and copywriter for the Prague-based translation company Skrivanek (you can find my articles related to languages and translation at Skrivanek.com). Vincenta’s deepest passion is the natural world, so the presence of her world — Michigan and its waters — has a powerful influence on the stories she immerse herself in. Vincenta writes fiction from her home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and other borrowed desks when she is on the road.

4:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 at RAD, 123 E. Washington St., Iowa City, Iowa 52240