Anna Noyes will speak at the Jesup Memorial Library on July 21. PHOTO COURTESY OF SEAN HERSHEY

Anna Noyes book explores women’s lives

BAR HARBOR — Anna Noyes will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. for an author talk about and signing of her book “Goodnight, Beautiful Women.”

Noyes brings readers into the sultry, mysterious inner lives of New England women and girls as they navigate the dangers and struggles of their outer worlds in her short story collection “Goodnight, Beautiful Women,” named an IndieNext Selection for June and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection.

The Wall Street Journal named the book one of “The season’s most exciting fiction reads” and said, “set largely in coastal Maine, Anna Noyes’s stunning debut collection concerns girls and women struggling to break away, dealing with burdens like mental illness and neglect that threaten to transform and define them.” Lily King, bestselling author of “Euphoria,” said, “seductive, smart and erotic, Anna Noyes’ stories evoke with beautiful clarity love and sexual awakening. She is a most exciting discovery.”

Noyes’ fiction has appeared in “Vice,” “A Public Space” and “Guernica,” among others. She has received the Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship and the James Merrill House Fellowship, and has served as writer-in-residence at the Polli Talu Arts Center in Estonia. “Goodnight, Beautiful Women” received the 2013 Henfield Prize for Fiction. Noyes was raised Down East and now lives in Brooklyn.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the Jesup. Sherman’s and Machias Savings Bank are co-sponsors of this event.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected]

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