MANCHESTER - Critically acclaimed author Chris Bohjalian will read from his new novel, "The Light in the Ruins," on Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. From the New York Times best-selling author of "Midwives" and "The Sandcastle Girls" comes a spellbinding novel of love, despair, and revenge, set in war-ravaged Tuscany. Set against an exquisitely rendered Italian countryside, "The Light in the Ruins" unveils a story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.

Chris Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed author of 16 books, including the New York Times bestsellers "The Sandcastle Girls," "Skeletons at the Feast," "The Double Bind," and "Midwives." His novel "Midwives" was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages, and three of his novels have become movies ("Secrets of Eden," "Midwives," and "Past the Bleachers").

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