Patti Callahan Henry

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Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include The Stories We TellAnd Then I Found YouComing Up for AirThe Perfect Love SongDriftwood Summer, When Light Breaks, Where the River Runs, and Losing the Moon. Shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated multiple times for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award for Fiction, she is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs, and women’s groups.




2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 4
The Past is Never Past: Writing Female Characters Who Mine Their Pasts to Forge Their Own Paths in the Present

4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


The Bookshop at Water's End: A Novel

From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Idea of Love and Driftwood Summer comes a story about women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town that harbors secrets as lush as the marshes surrounding it…
Where a tidal river meets the ocean sits the house that shaped Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories—of the summers spent with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Known as the Summer Sisters, they read, swam and wished for happy-ever-afters amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss. . . until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.

Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long-ago loves return like the tide.


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