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Sundance to celebrate release of Christopher Coake’s latest novel



What: A reading and reception to celebrate the release of University of Nevada-Reno Professor Christopher Coake’s latest novel You Came Back (Grand Central Publishing).

Where / When:
Tuesday, June 12
6: 30 p.m. –  Reading  | Q&A | Book Signing  – Nevada Museum of Art
160 W. Liberty St., Reno

8 p.m. – Reception – Sundance Books and Music
121 California Ave., Reno

About You Came Back:
In You Came Back, thirty-something midwesterner Mark Fife believes he has successfully moved past the accidental death of his young son Brendan, as well as his subsequent divorce from his college sweetheart Chloe.  But then he is contacted by a strange woman who tells him not only that she owns his old house, but that she believes it to be haunted by Brendan’s ghost.  Will Mark, who does not believe in ghosts, come to accept the mounting evidence that Brendan’s is real? Will his engagement to his new love Allison be threatened by the reappearance in Mark’s life of Chloe, who does believe?  If the ghost is real, what can these two wounded parents do to help their son?

You Came Back examines the beauty and danger of belief in all its forms–not only belief in the supernatural, but in the love that binds parents and children, husbands and wives.

Praise for You Came Back:
“When I finished the last page of Christopher’s Coake’s amazing new novel, I set the book down with a sense of wonder.  There’s a ghost in this story, to be sure, but this remarkable author is less concerned with the supernatural than with the all-too-too real specters that haunt us all—the ghosts of our former selves, the ghosts of the lives we might have lived had just a few things turned out differently.  You Came Back will stay with me forever. What an incredible writer.” —Jennifer Finney  Boylan, author of She’s Not There

About the Author:
Christopher Coake is the author of We’re in Trouble, which was chosen for the PEN/Bingham Award of 2005. In addition, Coake was among “Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists” in 2007. His stories have been published in several literary journals. A native Hoosier, he received his M.F.A. in fiction from Ohio State University. He now lives in Reno, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada.

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