Conversation with author Karen Blomain
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The Season of Lost Children depicts a small college town in Pennsylvania where the lives of a bigamist's wife, a Polish orphan, an ex-priest and his wife—a former nun—and a mute teenage runaway intersect. The novel explores the question of what constitutes family and finds that the answer is often closer than we think, if only we look with and within our hearts.
The Season of Lost Children can be enjoyed on its own, but is also part of The Fenston Trilogy, which traces fifty years of the interwoven lives and friendship of three women in a bucolic Pennsylvania college town. While The Season of Lost Children focuses on the life of the eccentric former nun, Eleanor Roderi, A Trick of Light chronicles the heartbreaking discovery and redemption of Hattie Darling, the only daughter of the town's first family. Pearlsong Press will also publish From: Oz, which recounts the exploits of Fenston's shopkeeper, Athena Westcott, and her late life affair with...well, you'll have to read it to find out.
Karen Blomain is a poet, translator, playwright and novelist who holds an MFA from Columbia University. A university professor, she has conducted multi-genre writing workshops around the world. She is married to the writer/photographer Michael Downend. They have nine children and fifteen grandchildren (so far) and live on The Hill in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Blomain's home town.
The Season of Lost Children is available in original trade paperback and ebook format from Pearlsong Press & your favorite online bookstores.
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Photo of Karen Blomain © Michael Downend—ASMP.
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