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When: Fri., July 12, 7:30 p.m. 2013

Sarah Bruni's debut novel, The Night Gwen Stacy Died, is a coming-of-age story set in the landscape of a psychological thriller; the mood is dark, and the characters reckless as the inhabitants of a Dylan song: "People are crazy and times are strange . . . I used to care, but things have changed." The protagonists take on the personas of Spider-Man characters in order to solve a mystery that may save a life—even as they tackle the mystery of their own lives. At 17 years old, Sheila feels that she's seen and done all her small Iowa town has to offer. She's outgrown her parents, her sister, her school, and her only friend; her dream is to save enough money at her gas station job to move to Paris. The plan changes when she develops an attraction to one of her regular customers, 26-year-old cab driver Seth, who calls himself Peter Parker—Spider-Man's alter ego. For Sheila, Peter represents possibility, sex, danger, romance. She experiences "a kind of electricity coursing through her, some kind of foreign energy she didn't know what to do with." She is ripe for the role of accomplice. Continue reading >>

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