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Blum (Those Who Save Us) visits Tornado Alley in this vivid second novel about a set of twins with a dark history. At home in Minnesota, Karena Jorge gets an unexpected call informing her that her twin brother, Charles Hallingdahl, whom she hasn't seen in the 20 years since something went very wrong during a storm chase, has been admitted to a Kansas mental hospital. Charles suffers from rapid cycling bipolar disorder, and all Karena knows is that he refuses medication, he can be a danger to himself and others, and he is still obsessed with storm chasing. When she rushes to the clinic and finds he has already left, Karena joins a professional storm-chasing tour company, hoping to find her brother in the caravan of watchers who follow major storms. In the course of the tour, Karena confronts the past and the way it has shaped her life. The unpredictable and dangerous storms provide a framework for an exploration of the bond between siblings (and its limitations), and Blum renders the stormy backdrop as richly as she does her nuanced characters. (Publishers Weekly) (bookconscious)… (mer)
Jenna Blum's first novel, Those Who Save Us, wowed readers with its tale of love and sacrifice. Join the Grub Street teacher for an evening celebrating the release of her brilliant second novel. The Stormchasers - a book about twins forced to confront a violent secret in their past - shows just how far one sibling will go to protect the other. Tickets required, $5. (lemontwist)… (mer)
"Jenna Blum's debut novel, Those Who Save Us, was published by Harcourt in 2004; four years later, in October 2007, it jumped onto the New York Times paperback bestseller list. Currently Those Who Save Us is #18 and climbing. Jenna, who earned her master's at BU and has taught fiction at Boston's Grub Street Writers for a decade, will discuss the writing and grassroots publicity campaign behind her novel." (christiguc)… (mer)