VIRTUAL EVENT: The Vines By Shelley Nolden in conversation with Editor Benee Knauer


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In the shadows of New York City lies forbidden North Brother Island, where the remains of a shuttered hospital hide the haunting memories of century-old quarantines and human experiments. The ruins conceal the scarred and beautiful Cora, imprisoned by contagions and the doctors who torment her.

When Finn, a young urban explorer, arrives on the island and glimpses an enigmatic beauty through the foliage, intrigue turns to obsession as he seeks to uncover her past--and his own family's dark secrets. By unraveling these mysteries, will he be able to save Cora? Will Cora meet the same tragic ending as the thousands who've already perished on the island? 

The Vines intertwines North Brother Island's horrific and elusive history with a captivating tale of love, betrayal, survival, and loss.

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A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Shelley Nolden is an entrepreneur and writer, now residing in Wisconsin. Previously, she lived in the New York City area, where she first learned of North Brother Island. At the age of 31, Shelley was diagnosed with leukemia and completed treatment three years later. The sense of isolation and fear she experienced during her cancer ordeal influenced her debut novel, The Vines.


ABOUT THE EDITOR: Benee Knauer was the developmental editor for The Vines. Her other projects include editing Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendrick's New York Times bestsellers, The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl (a #1 New York Times bestseller) and writing and adapting the just released and critically acclaimed When They Call You A Terrorist (the YA version).



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Monday, May 10, 2021 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781950948406
Published: Freiling Publishing - March 23rd, 2021