Avon Library Hosts Simsbury Author; Bears, Mystery and Classic Love Story in Debut Novel

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Simsbury author and artist Melissa Croghan will give a reading from her recently published first novel, The Tracking Heart, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon.

Described by Croghan as “a hymn to nature,” The Tracking Heart is a suspense novel and a story of lost love that revolves around a legendary, supernatural black bear in the Pennsylvania mountain wilderness. 

“Bears have a powerful hold over the human psyche and we have a history of both conflict and communion with them, not unlike our relationships with each other, and nature itself,” Croghan said. 

“It can be downright scary and awe-inspiring to encounter a bear,” she added.  “The first time it happened I was walking in the woods near my home in Simsbury.  After seeing a bear in the flesh, so to speak, I was finally able to sit down and write a final draft of The Tracking Heart.”

The novel also addresses the pros and cons of hunting, with the two main protagonists on opposing sides of the issue.

Best-selling, New York Times author Margot Livesey has called The Tracking Heart “a splendid debut … Melissa Croghan writes with grace and ease about her vivid cast of complicated characters and the result is a morally complex and deeply suspenseful novel.”

According to The Kirkus Review, Croghan’s novel weaves a tale “of lost loves and covered up crimes … multiple plotlines converge in this complex, satisfying nature story.”

The author will read excerpts from The Tracking Heart, as well as a few of her published poems.  Following questions, there will be a book-signing and reception.  Copies of the novel will be available for purchase.

Croghan, whose oil painting graces the cover of her novel, is also an award-winning, oil painter whose artwork has been displayed in Connecticut and beyond, most recently at The Hartford Fine Art Gallery and the University of Connecticut Health Center.


rob November 09, 2012 at 07:56 AM
This looks like a great event, and a really interesting reading. Thank you for posting Ann Marie


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