Joseph Hurka

Hurka will be in RiverRun Bookstore to read from and sign copies of the book on Wednesday, June 20, at 7:00 PM.

Joseph Hurka’s new novel, “Before,” is set in Cambridge. Its main characters are seventy-three-year-old Jiri Posselt and his wife, Anna, who are survivors of the Nazi horror in Czechoslovakia. They have befriended a neighbor named Tika LaFond, a college student who has faced significant challenges of her own. As night descends, we meet another character, a man who enters the apartments of neighborhood women when they are not’ t home, taking a peculiar inventory of their lives.

We discover why this ghostly man, haunted terribly by his past, is so twisted. When he becomes increasingly violent and, in the early hours of the morning, fixes his attention exclusively on Tika, it will fall to Jiri Posselt—weakened by age but an utterly determined soul—to help his young friend.

Aside from his novel, he also has written a memoir, Fields of Light: A Son Remembers His Father, which won the 2001 Pushcart Editors’ Book Award.

The book signing begins at 7:00 PM on June 20 at RiverRun Bookstore, located at 20 Congress Street, Portsmouth NH 03801. For more information on the event, call (603) 431-2100.

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