Reading Matters

Two mothers, two daughters, Katrina, a fatal car crash

“With her new novel, ‘Landfall,’ Ellen Urbani enters the world of American fiction with a bang and a flourish,” writes novelist Pat Conroy on the back cover of Urbani’s new novel.

We tend to listen up when Conroy praises.

Urbani will be the star of the show on Monday, 7-8:30 p.m., when the local chapter of the Women’s National Book Association meets at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Park Road Shopping Center, to hear her read from her “Landfall” and answer questions.

The WNBA-Charlotte brings together book lovers and book industry professionals and supports reading, writing and authors. The group sponsors meetings, a book club and community service.

“Landfall” concerns two mothers, one white, one black, and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash. Each mother takes a turn narrating the novel, set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The daughters, 18-year-olds Rose and Rosebud, have never met but they share a birth year, a name and a bloody pair of sneakers.

No wonder Conroy goes on to say: (Urbani’s) descriptions “of the flooding of the Ninth Ward are Faulknerian in their powers. It’s a hell of a book and worthy of the storm and times it describes.”

The WNBA-Charlotte invites you to attend and bring your book club members. The event is free and open to the public.