ASTORIA — As part of Astoria’s Second Saturday Art Walk, author Lori Tobias will be signing copies of her novel “Wander” 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 13, at Kit’s Apothecary (1168 Commercial St., Ste. 204).
“Wander” is the 2017 Nancy Pearl Book Award winner in the literary category and a finalist in the International Book Awards contest in new fiction.
Set in the 1980s in the rural community of Bidarkee Bay, Alaska (a fictional area the size of a small state with a population of barely 20,000), “Wander” is the story of Patrice “Pete” Nash, a young broadcast reporter who finds herself facing the winter alone after her husband, Nate, accepts a job on “the slope.”
As Pete pursues the next big breaking news story, she strikes up a friendship with the new guy in town, the Ivy League-educated Ren, who recites poetry and lives in the family-owned vacant inn. Their friendship offers a glimpse of a different kind of life — one that seems to Pete to offer everything that marriage to the country-raised Nate does not.
But unbeknown to Pete, Ren has come to Alaska for his own dark reason — to end his life. By the time, Nate returns home, their lives have been irrevocably changed. One man is dead, two others missing and a third forever lost to them.
Tobias worked as a columnist and feature writer for the Rocky Mountain News, and covered the Oregon Coast as a staff writer for The Oregonian. She is a recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship and lives on the Oregon Coast with her husband, Chan, and shelter rescue, Mugsy.