The book is a heart-pounding thriller that interweaves two murder mysteries, one on Belle Vie, a historic landmark in the middle of Louisiana’s sugarcane country, and one involving a slave gone missing from the same plantation more than one hundred years earlier, according to the library website.
Attica Locke’s widely acclaimed debut novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an Edgar Award, and an NAACP Image Award, and was short-listed for the Orange Prize in the UK. As a screenwriter, Locke wrote scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and HBO. She was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmakers Lab and has served on the board of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
In recognition of her exemplary contributions to contemporary literature, Ms. Locke will become the fifth recipient of Wilton Library’s Grodin Family Fine Writers Award when she arrives to speak to us on September 27th.