MANCHESTER - Spanning half a century, this precisely observed, superbly crafted novel combines emotional and an evocative atmosphere, charting the dramatic changes in the lives of three generations of one remarkable family and the summer place that both shelters and isolates them. Don't miss Elizabeth Graver as she reads from and talks about "The End of the Point," Saturday, April 20, starting at 7 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore.

A powerful portrait of one family's journey through the second half of the twentieth century, "The End of the Point" artfully traces the hairline fractures that lie beneath the surface of our lives, even after they've been reassembled by time, place, and one another. The result is a layered exploration of the complex legacy of place, and of family - what we are born into, what we pass down to the next generation, and what we must preserve, cast off, or willingly set free.

Elizabeth Graver's new novel is set in a summer community on Buzzard's Bay from 1942 to 1999 and has received starred early reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. She is the author of three other novels: Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling. Her short story collection, Have You Seen Me?, won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories (1991, 2001); Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards (1994, 1996, 2001), The Pushcart Prize Anthology (2001), and Best American Essays (1998). Her story "The Mourning Door" was award the Cohen Prize from Ploughshares Magazine. The mother of two daughters, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Boston College.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.