Before Greensboro writer (and former Charlottean) Miriam Herin wrote one word of her new novel, she decided it would be about a writer and a controversy over a manuscript. Next, she decided to locate the novel in 1950s Paris. From there, she began researching events of the 1950s in Paris. As she did so, an image came to mind – seemingly from nowhere, she says – of a little boy who in the innocence of childhood causes the death of his brother.
That’s how Herin’s second novel, “A Stone for Bread” was born. As the tale unravels, we learn its true culprit is not the child but war, and the novel evolves into a tale of human evil, corruption and weakness, courage and resilience and the place of art as witness and interpreter of horrific events.
Herin will read from “A Stone for Bread” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Park Road Shopping Center. The event is free and open to the public.