Thursday, October 26, 6:30pm
Award-winning Vermont author Nancy Kilgore will read from and discuss her new novel, Wild Mountain.
In Wild Mountain, Vermonter Mona Duval, passionate about the rugged, rural nature of her home state, local history, and especially the covered bridge beside her store, is bereft when the bridge collapses in an ice storm. Frank MacFarland, a seasonal resident who is beguiled by Mona, lends his political expertise to help rebuild the bridge. But they meet with powerful opposition. Tensions arise in the town, compounded by resistance to the soon-to-be-voted on Freedom to Marry bill. And then, unexpectedly, Mona's abusive ex-husband arrives. Wild Mountain is a page-turning, beautifully written novel about the love between Frank and Mona, the love of place, freedom to marry, and freedom from the past, by a writer whose prose has been compared to Alice Munro's.
Nancy Kilgore, a writer and psychotherapist, is the winner of the 2016 Vermont Writers Prize. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her first novel, Sea Level, was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year. Formerly a parish pastor, Nancy leads workshops on writing and spirituality for clergy, therapists, and writers throughout the U.S. She lives in Burlington with her husband, a painter.