Author Susan Beckham Zurenda

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Please join us on Thursday, March 5 at 6 pm to hear Susan Beckham Zurenda talk about her debut  novel, Bells for Eli. After her talk, Susan will be happy to sign copies of her book.

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“ of the most exciting new voices in Southern fiction.”  —Cassandra King Conroy, author of Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy. 

Bells for Eli is a lyrical and tender exploration of the relationship between cousins drawn together through tragedy in a love forbidden by social constraints and a family whose secrets must stay hidden. Susan Beckham Zurenda masterfully transports readers into a small Southern town where quiet, ordinary life becomes extraordinary. In this compelling coming of age story, culture, family, friends, bullies, and lovers propel two young people to unite to guard each other in a world where love, hope, and connectedness ultimately triumph.

SUSAN BECKHAM ZURENDA taught English for thirty-three years and now works as a book publicist for Magic Time Literary Publicity. A recipient of several regional awards for her fiction, including The South Carolina Fiction Project, The Porter Fleming Literary Competition, and The Southern Writers Symposium, she has also published numerous stories and nonfiction pieces in literary journals. Zurenda lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Event address: 
103 W. Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
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ISBN: 9780881467376
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mercer University Press - March 2nd, 2020

"A stunning debut, Bells for Eli establishes Susan Beckham Zurenda as one of the most exciting new voices in Southern fiction," says Cassandra King Conroy, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of five novels and the memoir Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy.