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Mercury by Amy Jo Burns
Mercury by Amy Jo Burns

Sat, Apr 13


Howling Basset Books

Mercury by Amy Jo Burns

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Time & Location

Apr 13, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Howling Basset Books, 39 Old Turnpike Rd, Oldwick, NJ 08858, USA


About the event

We are thrilled to host Amy Jo Burns for an author talk and signing of her new book Mercury, which was recently reviewed by the NYTimes!

A roofing family’s bonds of loyalty are tested when they uncover a long-hidden secret at the heart of their blue-collar town—from Amy Jo Burns, author of the critically acclaimed novel Shiner.

It’s 1990 and seventeen-year-old Marley West is blazing into the river valley town of Mercury, Pennsylvania. A perpetual loner, she seeks a place at someone’s table and a family of her own. The first thing she sees when she arrives in town is three men standing on a rooftop. Their silhouettes blot out the sun.

The Joseph brothers become Marley’s whole world before she can blink. Soon, she is young wife to one, The One Who Got Away to another, and adopted mother to them all. As their own mother fades away and their roofing business crumbles under the weight of their unwieldy father’s inflated ego, Marley steps in to shepherd these unruly men. Years later, an eerie discovery in the church attic causes old wounds to resurface and suddenly the family’s survival hangs in the balance. With Marley as their light, the Joseph brothers must decide whether they can save the family they’ve always known—or whether together they can build something stronger in its place.

Author bio

Amy Jo Burns is the author of the memoir Cinderland and the novel Shiner, which was an NPR Best Book of the year. Her newly released novel, Mercury, was selected as People Magazine's Book of the Week, a New York Times Editor's Choice, and the Barnes & Noble January Book Club Pick. Amy Jo lives in New Jersey with her family.

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