Jeffrey Richards in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Jeffrey Richards in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Mar 21, 2024 (UTC-5)
Odyssey Bookshop


Join author Jeffrey Richards at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on Thursday, March 21 at 7 PM for an engaging discussion about his new novel, We Are Only Ghosts. Accompanied by special guest Kim van Alkemade, Richards will delve into the gripping tale of a teenage boy's intricate relationship with a Nazi officer in a WWII death camp, which resurfaces in 1960s New York City. We Are Only Ghosts is a compelling portrayal of queer love amidst the horrors of war and the lingering trauma of those who survived. This novel masterfully balances the brutality and hatred of the war with tender moments of joy and compassion. Fans of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, and Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart will find themselves captivated by this unforgettable story. Set in 1968 New York City, the enchanting Café Marie serves as the backdrop for Charles Ward, the headwaiter who expertly creates an atmosphere of elegance and escapism. Having honed his skill of remaining unseen during his harrowing experiences as a Jewish boy in war-torn Europe, Charles catches the attention of Obersturmführer Berthold Werden, a Nazi officer who becomes both his savior and tormentor. Deported to Auschwitz at the age of seventeen, Charles finds himself hiding in Berthold's home. Their complicated relationship intertwines love and hatred, which resurfaces when Berthold unexpectedly walks into Café Marie. As Charles is pulled back into Berthold's world, he must confront his painful past and the desire for revenge. Will he lose his only connection to his past or finally find solace? Jeffrey L. Richards, an accomplished author and playwright, shares his profound storytelling abilities in We Are Only Ghosts. Originally from Oklahoma, Richards now resides in New Jersey with his rescue dog, Andi. Don't miss this opportunity to meet the author in person and discover the haunting world of We Are Only Ghosts. Admission to the event at the Odyssey Bookshop is free.

Provided by Janissa3260|Published Mar 25, 2024


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