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Perris, California Author Rachel Stark at Cellar Door

We're ecstatic to welcome debut author Rachel Stark back to the Inland Empire. When one of our publishing reps told me that I absolutely had to read this book both because it is about the area in which we live and because it was one of the best of the season, I knew I had to read it and was so pleased that I had.  Rachel grew up in Perris and attended both RCC and UCR, so we have much to be proud of! Please join us at Cellar Door for an in-conversation with store owner Linda on Monday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm.

In these times when cruelty, viciousness, and inhumanity rule, we need this book because it reminds us that we can be different, better. This town on the edge of the Southern California desert and her people are both tragic and heart-wrenchingly beautiful. Perris, California holds horrors, tragedies, the difficulties of a working-class that lives constantly on the edge of not enough and the frustration of dreams denied. When teenage Tessa shows up on Angie and Buck's porch in the middle of the night battered and bloody but with a powerful will to survive, they take her in and make sure she will not be bothered again by her assailants. Ten years later, Tessa is pregnant with her third child, living in a trailer on her mother-in-law's property, haunted by her past. When her first love, Mel, moves back to town, Tessa must reexamine the life she lives. Moving between 1989 and 1999 and the voices of characters trying desperately to figure out how to love each other well, Perris, California is filled with fire and wisdom, the love slathered onto every lunch and breakfast made, the heartbreak that happens when love is thwarted by hate, and the utter grace of love fueled by the deepest regard of others. - Linda

About the author: Rachel Stark grew up in Perris, California. She received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from University of California, Riverside, and her master’s degree in creative writing at University of California, Davis. She currently resides in southern Colorado where she writes, runs mountain trails, and teaches yoga.

You can order Perris, California from us in-store, over the phone by calling us at 951-787-7807, or online below!

Event date: 
Monday, April 22, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
473 E. Alessandro Blvd.
Suite B
Riverside, CA 92508
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ISBN: 9780593656204
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Published: Penguin Press - March 26th, 2024