The Gods of Second Chances, debut novel by local author Dan Berne

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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:00am to 11:30am
The Gods of Second Chances, local author Dan Berne

Between the Covers welcomes local author, Dan Berne.  His debut novel, The Gods of Second Chances, is the first novel release from local publisher, Forest Avenue Press.

The Gods of Second Chances is the story of a man overwhelmed by things beyond his control--a granddaughter on the verge of adolescence, a daughter returning from prison rehab, a frivolous lawsuit, and falling for the one woman he can't have--all the while trying to fish his living out of a fickle ocean in the mercurial weather of Southeast Alaska.  It's no wonder one god isn't enough for him--Leigh Anne Kranz 

 "Family means everything to Alaskan fisherman Ray Bancroft, raising his granddaughter while battling storms, invasive species, and lawsuit-happy tourists. To navigate, and to catch enough crab to feed her college fund, Ray seeks help from a multitude of gods and goddesses—not to mention ad-libbed rituals performed at sea by his half-Tlingit best friend.  But kitchen counter statues and otter bone ceremonies aren’t enough when his estranged daughter returns from prison, swearing she’s clean and sober. Her search for a safe harbor threatens everything Ray holds sacred. Set against a backdrop of ice and mud and loss, Dan Berne’s gripping debut novel explores the unpredictable fissures of memory, and how families can break apart even in the midst of healing."

The official launch event is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Portland, Oregon.

Author Dan Berne has been an active member of a select writing workgroup led by author Karen Karbo for ten years. His short stories and poetry have been published in literary magazines. Dan owns a market strategy consultancy, and lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.

The book is illustrated by local artist Reid Psaltis.

Leigh Anne Kranz hosts.


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