Lunch With Karen White


Friends of Florence County Library invites you to join us for a luncheon with
New York Times bestselling author Karen White Dreams of Falling book cover

Tuesday, June 12th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Tickets are $35.00 per person includes the book and can be purchased at www.florencelibrary.org,
Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, or mail check to Mary Wiser, Friends of Florence County Library,
509 S Dargan Street, Florence, SC 29506
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Karen White Bio

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O’Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year, and has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award.

Karen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—Southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. Her 23rd novel, The Night The Lights Went Out, was published April 11, 2017 by Berkley Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing Group, and debuted at #15 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list.

Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London.

Book Description

Dreams of Falling begins in 1950s Georgetown, South Carolina. Lifelong best friends Ceecee, Margaret, and Bitty graduate from high school, bound by their shared dreams . . . wishes they write on ribbons and tie to an old tree. Constrained by small town expectations, they plan a last grab at freedom: a graduation trip to Myrtle Beach. But one night on the boardwalk will change everything; and the sacrifices that follow will ripple through three generations.

Present day. Larkin Lanier left Georgetown at 18, promising she’d never return. But when her mother Ivy disappears, Larkin is called back to her hometown. And when Ivy is found unconscious on the site of their family’s abandoned rice plantation, Larkin’s search for answers—why was her mother at Carrowmore?—lead her to a ribbon left in the girls’ old wishing tree: I know about Margaret. What happens next triggers Larkin’s unraveling of fifty-year-old secrets . . . secrets so dark they remain unspoken even amongst the three friends who share them.

It’s been nine years since Larkin fled Georgetown, South Carolina, vowing never to go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she knows she has no choice but to return to the place that she both loves and dreads–and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home. Ivy, Larkin’s mother, is discovered in the burned out wreckage of her family’s ancestral rice plantation, badly injured and unconscious. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly 50 years. Secrets that lead back to the past, to the friendship between three girls on the brink of womanhood who swore that they would be friends forever, but who found that vow tested in heartbreaking ways.