The Other Side of Blue, Thursday, May 12th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

As a mother of three small children I usually must resort to reading in the shower if I want to enjoy a book of my own. I’ve read Where the Wild Things Are so many times over the past six months I have it memorized and could probably write a dissertation on Maurice Sendak’s exploration of childhood anger through art. I do, after all, have a degree in art history that has thus far been almost completely useless.

When I read books that we are featuring for book talks here at the Library of Virginia I can technically classify it as work and, therefore, get away with reading during business hours. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy reading in the shower, but hot water is a precious resource in a house with five people.

Despite the fact that it was required reading, Patterson’s debut novel, The Other Side of Blue, was a delight to read. She is one of those writers who is able to transport you directly to the world she has created, where you can feel the sand in your shoes and smell the sweat mixed with sunblock. The relationship Patterson paints between mother and daughter is very authentic, as are the awkward exchanges between the adolescent boys and girls who populate the book. I loved it.

Valerie Patterson will be here on Thursday, May 12th from 5:30 to 7:30. We’ll enjoy a glass of wine, have some snacks, and then Valerie will read from and discuss her beautiful book. I’ve asked her to speak about her experiences as a writer and the road from draft to publication. Join us. As always, secure parking is available under the building for free.

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