Deschutes Public Library News
Owl Island Author Reads At Bend Library
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 8/13/2006
Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome author Randy Sue Coburn for a reading in the Brooks Room of the Bend Public Library on Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.
Randy Sue Coburn began her career as a journalist whose essays and articles appeared in numerous national magazines and major newspapers, including Esquire, Smithsonian, Elle, The Washington Post, and The Chicago Tribune. Her screenplays include Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, the 1994 film about Dorothy Parker that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won Jennifer Jason Leigh the National Society of Film Critics Award for best actress. Her film work and teaching at The University of Washington subsidized the writing of Remembering Jody, (1999, Carroll & Graf). Randy Sue's second novel, Owl Island, was published in June, 2006 by Ballentine, a division of Random House. Born in Chicago and raised in South Carolina, she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Georgia. Her husband, Nick Fennel, is a visual artist and they currently live along the waterfront in downtown Seattle with Binx, a floppy-eared terrier known by name to many more vendors in the Pike Place Market than his mistress.
Owl Island tells the story of Phoebe Allen, a woman who has led a quiet, self-sufficient life, raising her daughter and running a small fishing-net business…until her history catches up with her. For years Phoebe has concealed truths from her daughter and may now be forced to divulge them. As the past rushes toward the present like an inevitable tide, Phoebe must also confront the early loss of her mother, whose own mysteries are beginning to surface. Along the way, Phoebe discovers the life-transforming benefits of opening one's heart. With memorable characters as diverse as the novel's settings—from fishing village to Seattle's high-tech world to Hollywood, Owl Island is a story of power, control, and how a mother's secrets serve not to protect her daughter but actually put her at risk.
For information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.