Bridging Writers Series
Monday, June 6, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Thayer Memorial Library
Join Ursula Wong for a reading from the award-winning Purple Trees, first in a series of novels about strong women. Against the backdrop of rural Massachusetts, Lily Phillips neglects her own needs to care for sick parents, only to lose them at an early age. Alone and in debt, Lily must grow up fast to find work and build a future. As she marries and has children, the weight of the past threatens everything she loves. With vignettes from the hay field, the blizzard of 1978, and more, Purple Trees explores this damaged woman’s struggle for normalcy.
Books signings and sales to follow.
Ursula Wong grew up on a small family dairy farm near the Quabbin Reservoir, and went on to become a high tech engineer. After retiring, she turned to her dream of writing fiction. Her stories have appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, and the Insanity Tales anthologies.
Her debut novel, Purple Tress, is set on a Massachusetts farm in the 1960s and 1970s, and is the story of a naïve girl who loses her parents to illness, and must grow up fast to survive and build a future, but the weight of the past threatens everything she loves.
Her second novel, Amber Wolf, tells the tale of Ludmelia Kudirka, a young woman who flees to the safety of the forest after she helplessly watches Russian soldiers murder her mother. Vowing vengeance, Ludmelia joins the partisans fighting for freedom in a David-and-Goliath struggle against the mighty Soviet war machine.
Purple Trees is available on Amazon. Look for Amber Wolf in 2016.
Visit Ursula’s popular Reaching Readers Blog on her website ursulawong.wordpress.com