Join us on Thursday, August 18th, at 7 PM for a reading and book signing with author Leigh Ann Ruggiero from her recent novel, UNFOLLOWERS.
Barb Matheson doesn't fit in: not on the Standing Rock Reservation where her mother was born; not at the mission in rural Ethiopia where she grew up; and certainly not at the Pennsylvania church where her husband preaches. Expansive and lyrical, UNFOLLOWERS is a tale of religious angst, unrequited love, and the upheaval of racial and economic privilege. Equally adrift on both sides of the Atlantic, Barb must negotiate the distance between white America and Africa, between the spirituality of her ancestors and the straight tones of evangelicalism, and between rules and grace. When a former lover crashes her daughter's third birthday party, she's offered the chance to find her way home to Ethiopia, leaving her to choose between a rote life in America and an improvised life abroad.
About the author: LEIGH ANN RUGGIERO earned an MFA from the University of Maryland before moving to Montana, where she teaches literature, writing, and film at Great Falls College. Her debut novel UNFOLLOWERS won the Juniper Prize for Fiction in 2021.