CANCELED due to Hurricane Florence
The Possible World
by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
In Providence, Rhode Island one night a six-year-old boy, Ben, is brought to an Emergency Department as the sole survivor of a brutal crime. When his doctor, Lucy, examines him, he remembers nothing — and insists on being called Leo. Lucy, who is grappling with upheavals of her own, feels compelled to try to help him —but will recovering his memory help him, or harm him further? Across town, Clare is about to turn 100 years old; after an unexpected encounter, she decides to share the lifetime of secrets she’s been carrying. As the three tell their separate stories, it becomes clear how they are entwined.
Liese O'Halloran Schwarz grew up in Washington, DC after an early childhood overseas. She went to Harvard University, then while attending medical school at University of Virginia, she published her first novel, Near Canaan. She trained in Emergency Medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and then practiced in Emergency Departments in New York City, Boston, and Worcester, Massachusetts, as well as at the Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals. She currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Possible World is her second novel.