Pick up this conservation-minded beach read, then meet the author

Library hosts author Mary Alice Monroe on June 23

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By Oak Park Public Library

Summer hasn't even started yet, but we're already looking forward to The Summer's End!

The final book in Mary Alice Monroe's best-selling Lowcountry Summer Trilogy hit stores this week. Readers who enjoy Monroe's blend of fiction that weaves family drama by the seaside and environmental issues will want to pick up a copy—and join the author at an Oak Park Public Library event just a couple of days after the official start of summer.

As part of a book tour ranging from the Carolinas to the Upper Midwest, Monroe will visit the library on the evening of June 23 for a reading and signing. The Summer's End is now on sale at The Book Table and on order at the library. It can currently be placed on hold and will be available at the library in the next few weeks.

In The Summer's End, Monroe returns to the seaside town of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, where three estranged half sisters are spending a final summer with their grandmother before they have to sell their beloved family estate, Sea Breeze.

Each book in the Lowcountry Summer Trilogy focuses on one of the sisters as they face loss and struggle to find a fresh start in life. In this last book, youngest sister Harper has broken free of her narcissistic and influential mother, only to find herself with no home or career. Harper must find the courage to release her insecurities, recognize her strengths, and accept love fully to save her family and her future.

A former resident of River Forest and the author of nearly two dozen novels, several nonfiction titles, and children's books, Monroe is an active environmentalist whose convictions inform her novels.

Throughout the Summer Trilogy, Monroe expertly raises awareness about threats facing Atlantic bottlenose dolphins while engaging readers with a story that explores contemporary human and moral issues. In researching her novels, Monroe worked with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) in Charleston, SC, and volunteered at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, FL.

On her blog, Monroe celebrated the book's launch on May 19 and thanked her readers. "Without you, I would not be celebrating this book release, one that marks twenty years for me as a published author," she wrote. "I'm incredibly grateful for this milestone."

Come hear directly from the author when she visits the library on June 23. The event is free, and no prior registration is needed.

Email: communications@oppl.org Twitter: @OakParkLibrary

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