Seattle writer Stephanie Kallos is one lucky debut novelist. Last year her book "Broken for You" was selected as the December choice of...
Seattle writer Stephanie Kallos is one lucky debut novelist. Last year her book “Broken for You” was selected as the December choice of the “Today” show’s book club by author Sue Monk Kidd (“The Secret Life of Bees”), who described it as a story about “creating family in the most unusual places.” Then in March the novel won a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award.
Now “Broken For You” is the first selection of the “Lake Forest Park Reads” program, sponsored by Third Place Books, the City of Lake Forest Park’s Advisory Committee, Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library, and Friends of Third Place Commons. Set in a huge mansion on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, “Broken for You” is the tale of two women, a septuagenarian battling brain cancer and a young woman tracking down an errant boyfriend, whose respective crises draw them into a friendship. Originally scheduled for a September paperback release, the novel has been rushed into local bookstores (Grove, $13).
At 7 p.m. July 25, the Third Place Book Club will hold a discussion of “Broken for You,” open to the public. At 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Kallos will be in the store to talk about the novel with her readers. Both events take place at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park. For information, call 206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com, or 206-362-8860 or www.kcls.org/lfp/programs.cfm.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic
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