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The End of the Point: New Book By Acclaimed Novelist, BC English Professor Elizabeth Graver


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (February 2013) – An anticipated new book—The End of the Point, by Elizabeth Graver, acclaimed novelist and Boston College English Professor—will be released by HarperCollins on March 5, 2013.

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Elizabeth Graver (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Set in a fictional summer community on Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay from 1942 through 1999, The End of the Point traces one family's journey through the second half of the 20th century. It examines the powerful legacy of family and place and explores what we are born into, what we pass down, preserve, cast off or willingly set free. Its timeless themes are relevant to the modern audience.

Graver will give a reading and talk about the novel at a campus event on March 14 and will read at Newtonville Books on March 19, in addition to other MetroWest locations. (More below.)

“I wanted to portray a small place but go deep, to use a narrow lens to examine larger issues of social class, money and property, of parenting and care-taking, of what adults pass on, both literally and figuratively, to children,” she said.

Among other topics, her extensive research comprised World War II, Scotland—which included a two-week trip there—and 1970's counterculture.

“Graver’s gifts—her control of time, her ability to evoke place and define character—are immense,” according to an advance review by Publishers Weekly.

She also drew praise from Booklist: “With a style and voice reminiscent of William Trevor and Graham Swift, Graver’s powerfully evocative portrait of a family strained by events both large and small celebrates the indelible influence certain places can exert over the people who love them.”

A slate of prominent writers—including Gish Jen, Margot Livesey, Ron Rash and others—also have commended the book. 

Boston College Professor Elizabeth Graver
Graver is the author of three previous novels: Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling. Her short story collection, Have You Seen Me?, won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories (1991, 2001); Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards (1994, 1996, 2001), The Pushcart Prize Anthology (2001), and Best American Essays (1998). Her story “The Mourning Door” was award the Cohen Prize from Ploughshares Magazine. A faculty member in BC’s English Department, she teaches English and Creative Writing. For more information on Graver, her new book (including a Q&A) and her extensive body of work, visit: www.elizabethgraver.com

[Graver may be contacted to arrange a media interview at graver@bc.edu ]

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Upcoming Readings: The End of the Point

Thursday, March 14: Graver will read and speak about her book at a Boston College Dean’s Colloquium at 4:30 p.m. in the reading room of O’Neill Library (first floor), located on BC’s Chestnut Hill Campus, 140 Commonwealth Ave. A reception will follow the event. Open to the public.

Tuesday, March 19: Graver will read with Brian Sousa, whose debut collection, Almost Gone, was recently released. At Newtonville Books on March 19, 2013. Details available at: www.newtonvillebooks.com

Other MetroWest readings: Graver also will read in other MetroWest venues, including the Lincoln Library and Concord and Andover bookstores. Information is available on her web site: www.elizabethgraver.com

Rosanne Pellegrini, Office of News & Public Affairs, rosanne.pellegrini@bc.edu

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