We hope you can join us as we welcome one of our favorite authors back to the bookshop! Anne LeClaire is a former actor, print journalist and radio broadcaster, a memoirist and the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of eight novels published in twenty-four countries! Anne has taught creative writing workshops in the United States and in a variety on international venues. She lives on Cape Cod. Anne will talk about and sign copies of her newest novel, The Halo Effect.
About the book: It was supposed to be a typical October evening for renowned portrait artist Will Light. Over dinner of lamb tagine, his wife, Sophie, would share news about chorus rehearsals for the upcoming holiday concert, and their teenage daughter, Lucy, would chatter about French club and field hockey. Only Lucy never came home. Her body was found, days later, in the woods. The Eastern Seaboard town of Port Fortune used to be Will’s comfort. Now, there’s no safe harbor for him. Not even when Father Gervase asks Will to paint portraits of saints for the new cathedral. Using the townspeople as models, Will sees in each face only a mask of the darkness of evil. And he just might be painting his daughter’s killer.
From Anne: "The term “halo effect” was coined by the psychologist Edward Thorndike meaning how an observer’s impressions form a cognitive bias that influences feeling and thoughts and the perception of others. I thought about John Nava painting the portraits of his fellow townspeople, working month after month, seeing them as saints, and wondered if that altered his feelings and thoughts and perceptions, if he began to see in the faces of others in his daily life the possibility of goodness. A sort of Halo Effect."
Anne would love each of us to look at the faces of people we interact with every day, and consider the "halo effect". Take a picture if possible, and bring it to Anne's event to add to the discussion. Try it! We can't wait to talk with you about The Halo Effect!