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Author Susan Beckham Zurenda “The Girl from the Red Rose Motel”

February 8 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Susan Beckham Zurenda returns to Copperfish Books to speak with us about her latest novel, “The Girl from the Red Rose Motel”. We hope you’ll join us! Susan will be sharing insights into her writing process, inspirations, and the journey behind this incredible novel. Don’t miss the chance to meet the talented author in person and have your copy of “The Girl from the Red Rose Motel” signed. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

About the Book
Gripping and richly drawn, The Girl from the Red Rose Motel explores the complex bonds between adults and teenagers and the power of the families we both inherit and create. Inspired by the author’s experiences teaching in a South Carolina high school, the novel is also an unflinching, authentic look at the challenges faced by America’s public school teachers and the struggles of the thousands of homeless children in motels who live, precariously and almost invisibly, amid the nation’s most affluent communities.

…an authentic portrayal of life in a high school and beyond… This emotionally complex story is impossible to put down. -Patti Callahan Henry, author of “The Secret Book of Flora Lee”

About the Author
After teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to thousands of high school and college students for 33 years, Susan Beckham Zurenda turned her attention to putting a novel in her heart on paper. Her debut novel, Bells for Eli was selected the Gold Medal winner for Best First Book—Fiction in the 2021 IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards), a Foreword Indie Book Award finalist, a Winter 2020 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, a 2020 Notable Indie on Shelf Unbound, a 2020 finalist for American Book Fest Best Book Awards, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for 2021.

Susan has also won numerous regional awards for her short fiction, including the South Carolina Fiction Prize twice, and has been published in numerous literary journals. She lives in South Carolina with her husband Wayne and two Boston Terriers.



February 8
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM



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