Miriam Gershow, author of The Local News, on tour June/July 2009

Posted By on April 13, 2009

miriam_gershow_about_portraitAbout Miriam

Miriam Gershow is a novelist, short story writer and teacher. Her debut novel, The Local News, was published in February 2009. It has been called “deftly heartbreaking” with “urgency and heft” by The New York Times, as well as “an accomplished debut” (Publisher’s Weekly) with a “disarmingly unsentimental narrative voice,” (Kirkus Reviews).

Miriam Gershow graduated from the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Oregon and was a Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, Black Warrior Review, andQuarterly West, among other literary journals. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she is a college instructor with the English Department at The University of Oregon.


local-newsAbout The Local News

Format:  Hardcover, 368 pages

On Sale:  February 24, 2009
Publisher:  Spiegel & Grau

“Going missing was the only interesting thing my brother had ever done.”

Even a decade later, the memories of the year Lydia Pasternak turned sixteen continue to haunt her. As a teenager, Lydia lived in her older brother’s shadow. While Danny’s athletic skills and good looks established his place with the popular set at school, Lydia’s smarts relegated her to the sidelines, where she rolled her eyes at her brother and his meathead friends and suffered his casual cruelty with resigned bewilderment. Though a part of her secretly wished for a return of the easy friendship she and Danny shared as children, another part of her wished Danny would just vanish. And then, one night, he did.

In the year following Danny Pasternak’s disappearance, his parents go off the rails, his town buzzes with self-indulgent mourning, and his little sister Lydia finds herself thrust into unwanted celebrity, forced to negotiate her ambivalent–often grudging–grief for a brother she did not particularly like. Suddenly embraced by Danny’s old crowd, forgotten by her parents, and drawn into the missing person investigation by her family’s intriguing private eye, Lydia both blossoms and struggles to find herself during Danny’s absence. But when a trail of clues leads to a shocking outcome in her brother’s case, the teenaged Lydia and the adult she will become are irrevocably changed, even now as she reluctantly prepares to return to her hometown.

Relentlessly gripping, often funny, and profoundly moving, The Local News is a powerful exploration of the fraught relationship between a brother and sister and how our siblings define who we are.

For more information on The Local News, including a Reading Group Guide and an excerpt, check out the author’s website HERE.

Miriam Gershow’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, June 15th:  Everyday I Write the Book Blog – online book club (and guest post)

Monday, June 22nd:  Books on the Brain (and guest post)

Wednesday, June 24th:  Book Club Classics!

Monday, June 29th:  Worducopia

Thursday, July 2nd:  Redlady’s Reading Room

Tuesday, July 7th:  Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, July 8th:  Becky’s Book Reviews (and interview)

Thursday, July 9th:  Caribousmom (and guest post)

Tuesday, July 14th:  Stephanie’s Written Word

Wednesday, July 15th:  A Lifetime of Books



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