Harvard Club of New Jersey Presents: Liese Schwarz '85,
Conversation with Liese Schwarz '85, on her new book, What Could Be Saved
Please join us for this online event hosted by The Harvard Club of New Jersey.
Liese O'Halloran Schwarz grew up in Washington, DC after an early childhood overseas. She graduated from Harvard in 1985, and then attended medical school at University of Virginia. While in medical school, she won the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Prize for her short fiction, and also published her first novel, Near Canaan.
She specialized in emergency medicine, eventually returned to writing, and published her second novel, The Possible World , in June 2018. Her third novel, What Could Be Saved, was published in January 2021. She currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is at work on her next book.
What Could Be Saved begins in Washington DC in 2019 when Laura Preston, an artist in her fifties, is contacted by someone claiming to be her brother, who disappeared as a child in 1972 when the family lived as expatriates in Bangkok. Ignoring older sister Beatrice’s warnings of a scam, Laura goes to Thailand to see if the stranger really is Philip. Alternating between past and present as all the secrets are revealed, What Could Be Saved is an unforgettable story about loss, betrayal, redemption, and the beauty that can exist even in the midst of brokenness. Read more here.
“This brilliant portrayal of the lives of expats and their servants is also a suspenseful mystery with ever-darkening twists. For fans of A Little Life and The Goldfinch.” --People, Book of the Week
“Gripping . . . A richly imagined page-turner that delivers twists alongside thought-provoking commentary.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Superb . . . Schwarz is a remarkable storyteller. . . [This] stellar work is riveting.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A page-turner of the highest literary quality.” - Bookreporter
Book is available at: https://www.amazon.com/What-Could-Be-Saved-Novel/dp/1982150610
Event Details: Harvard Club of New Jersey presents Liese Schwarz
What: A Conversation with writer Liese Schwarz
When: Sunday, May 16, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
Tickets: This event is free for alumni but advance registration is required. Register here. Zoom link will be sent to you the morning of the event.
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