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First Friday: Michele Young-Stone Book Launch!
First Fridays are back! From April through December, you'll find Downtown Manteo hopping on the First Friday of every month! This month, we are very pleased to welcome author Michele Young-Stone for an Outer Banks Launch of her latest novel- Above Us Only Sky! Michele is a resident of Kill Devil Hills and her previous book, The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, was published to starred reviews and wide acclaim in the book world.
Above Us Only Sky is the epic tale of the Vilkas women, separated by oceans, generations, and war but connected by something much greater- the gift of wings. In 1973 Prudence Eleanor is born with wings in Nashville, Tennessee. Considered a birth defect, her wings are excised shortly after birth, leaving the ghost of them behind.
Living on the eastern coast of the Atlantic, she grapples with the wings that only one other person can see, but Prudence can feel. At age sixteen she comes fact to face with another winged girl, an apparition beneath Atlantic waters. Who is she?
This same year, Prudence meets her Lithuanian grandfather, a WWII survivor whose family was murdered under Soviet orders. Through her grandfather, Prudence discovers a miraculous lineage beating and pulsing with past Lithuanian birds: storytellers with wings dragging the dirt, survivors perched on radio towers, lovers lit up like fireworks and heroes disguised as everday men and women. In a small oceanfront town, the unexpected and unimaginable have bubbled up from the depths to confront and enlighten Prudence, and this is only the beginning. She is set forth on a quest to discover her lineage, to find out who the other winged girl is, and ultimately to find out where she belongs.
Please join us to celebrate Michele's new book and accomplishment! Pre-order now- signed copies will be shipped after event!
Friday, April 3, 2015 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
105 Sir Walter Raleigh Street