Neil Connelly

© Erin Collins


Neil Connelly is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels, most recently The Miracle Stealer, which Booklist called "realistic, gutsy – and yet movingly spiritual." He teaches creative writing at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their sons.





11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Storm of the Century: Love in the Time of Hurricanes

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room C
Short Stories: Investigating the Unified Collection

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Into the Hurricane


Eli and Max both have good reasons to go to the lighthouse on Shackles Island. For Max, it's an old vacation spot, the rare location where she has only good memories -- so it's the right place to scatter her dad's ashes. For Eli, it's the highest point near his Louisiana home, with the clearest view of the rocks where his sister died -- so it's the right place to end his own life as well.


But neither of them expected the other, nor the storm. Because Hurricane Celeste is roaring toward Shackles Island, and its power will break bridges, slash electric lines, and stir up deadly wildlife -- some of it human. When the ruthless Odenkirk family steals Max's Jeep with her most precious possession inside, she and Eli begin a desperate quest to get it back and get off the island ... until they realize they must go into the hurricane.


In the Wake of Our Vows

Set years after tossed bouquets and tiered wedding cakes, these stories explore happy marriages, broken marriages, and those still hanging in the balance. A husband fleeing his wife finds refuge in a radio station’s promotional stunt; a cuckold seeks solace by assuming the identity of the man who ruined his life; a divorced wedding photographer struggles to break free of her obsession with taking obscene pictures; on the night of Jewish atonement, a wife responds to her husband’s adultery with a dangerous act of her own.  All these characters and others in the collection declared the same vows, to have and to hold.  Yet each takes a unique approach to coping with the inevitable difference all couples confront—between the world we live in and the world which we were promised.


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