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Date: Friday, September 15
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Dragonfly Books
Cost: Free!

Dragonfly Books is excited to host Iowa author Rebecca Entel with her new novel Fingerprints of Previous Owners on Friday, September 15 at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited to hear more about Entel’s new book, her experiences as a writer, get your book signed, and celebrate with a light reception.

In her soulful and timely debut, Entel explores what it means to colonize and be colonized, to trespass and be trespassed upon, to be wounded and to heal. Suffused with the sun-drenched beauty of the Caribbean, Fingerprints of Previous Owners (Unnamed Press 2017) is a powerful novel of hope and recovery in the wake of devastating trauma.

Rebecca Entel is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Cornell College in Iowa City. She teaches multicultural American literature, Caribbean literature, creative writing, and the literature of social justice. Entel began writing Fingerprints of Previous Owners while teaching on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.

What reviewers are saying about Fingerprints of Previous Owners:

“This is the first novel by Entel and it is a magnificent one. Her prose is lyrical, luminous, and each detail has been planted as precisely as a foundation of stone.” -- Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“Entel’s delicately crafted debut explores the relationships between the resort, an economic center that distorts the island’s history for its own purposes, and the local people and the ways the past infuses the present, no matter how hard one tries to forget. Entel gives Myrna a distinctive voice and creates a rich history for the island and its residents.” -- Booklist
“Rebecca Entel writes with spellbinding intelligence and a deep knowledge of the human heart. Her writing is true and exquisite, serious and fun.” -- Lorrie Moore, author of Bark

Event date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
112 W Water Street
Decorah, IA 52101
Fingerprints of Previous Owners Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944700232
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Unnamed Press - June 13th, 2017

A Starred Review from Kirkus

One of the Chicago Review of Books Best Books to Survive Trump