Author Event - The Girl Who Slept With God with Val Brelinski

The Avid Reader is happy to welcome local author Val Brelinski for a reading, discussion, and signing of her debut novel, The Girl Who Slept With God on August 21st from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Set in Arco, Idaho, in 1970, Val Brelinski’s powerfully affecting first novel tells the story of three sisters: young Frances, gregarious and strong-willed Jory, and moral-minded Grace. Their father, Oren, is a respected member of the community and science professor at the local college. Yet their mother’s depression and Grace’s religious fervor threaten the seemingly perfect family, whose world is upended when Grace returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she’s pregnant with—she believes—the child of God.

Distraught, Oren sends Jory and Grace to an isolated home at the edge of the town. There, they prepare for the much-awaited arrival of the baby while building a makeshift family that includes an elderly eccentric neighbor and a tattooed social outcast who drives an ice cream truck.

In a Starred Review, Library Journal called The Girl Who Slept With God an “engaging debut…. A heartrending portrait of the challenges of accepting and rejecting both faith and family and realizing that decisions aren’t always so straightforward.”

About the Author: Val Brelinski was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, the daughter of devout evangelical Christians. She was a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, where she was also a Jones Lecturer in fiction writing. She received an MFA from the University of Virginia, and her writing has been published in VQR and The Rumpus. She lives in Northern California.

Event date: 
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
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ISBN: 9780525427421
Availability: Special Order
Published: Viking - August 4th, 2015