Award-winning author Ellen Notbohm will visit Newport this Sunday, Jan. 27, to read from her new novel, “The River by Starlight.”

Set in the early 20th Century, the book tells the story of Annie Rushton, who leaves behind an unsettling past to join her brother and make a fresh start on his Montana homestead. She meets and marries Adam Fielding, a visionary businessman-farmer determined to make his own way and answer to no one. Their marriage brims with astounding success, but their dream of having a child eludes them as a mysterious illness of mind and body plagues Annie’s pregnancies. Annie’s shattering periods of black depression and violent outbursts exact a terrible price. The life the Fieldings have forged begins to unravel, and the only path ahead leads to unthinkable loss.

Based on true events, “The River by Starlight” has been recognized with awards for historical, regional and literary fiction. Its focus on maternal mental health and gender bias in the early 20th Century explores a history rarely addressed in fiction

Notbohm’s work has been translated into more than 20 languages, delighting millions. In addition to “The River by Starlight,” she has written award-winning books on autism and articles as well as columns on such diverse subjects as history, genealogy, baseball, writing and community affairs. She is an avid genealogist, knitter, beachcomber and thrift store hound who has never knowingly walked by a used bookstore without going in and dropping coin.

Sunday’s talk, which is free and open to all, will start at 2 pm at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.

For more information, call 541-961-2836 or go to www.newportlibrary.org.

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