Join us for a reading, discussion & book signing with Alice Lichtenstein, as she presents her new novel "The Crime of Being."
On a Good Friday in a picturesque village in Upstate New York, the spring weather is unusually warm and school is closed. It's an ideal day for tanning and partying in the park until Shawnee Padrushky, age 17, drives up in his dad's new pick-up and comes out shooting with one victim in mind--Gunther Smith--the only black student in Shawnee's class, the adopted son of white parents.
The Crime of Being explores the effects of this incident--how it divides a seemingly homogenous community over the course of a summer and exposes its dark secrets. Tarred by the media as "the most racist town in America", the people of Liberty face tangled questions of whether racism or insanity were at the root of a white teenager's violent assault of his black classmate, and whether the community as a whole can be implicated.
Click here to read an interview with the author.