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Novelist Deborah Lee Luskin Makes Rare Out-of-State Book Appearance

Deborah Lee Luskin, author of the highly acclaimed novel, "Into the Wilderness" will be reading from and signing copies of her book in Connecticut and Pennsylvania next week.

Williamsville, VT, October 08, 2010 --( Vermont novelist Deborah Lee Luskin will be talking about her debut novel, “Into the Wilderness” at the Westport Public Library, in Westport, Connecticut on Tuesday, October 12 at noon; and at Anthology, an independent bookstore in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, October 14 at 6 PM. Luskin rarely tours out-of-state.

Luskin’s heroine Rose Mayer is a lot like Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett: smart, fiercely independent and very outspoken. But unlike Eliza Bennett, Rose is twice-widowed, Jewish, and sixty-four. Both she and Percy Mendell confront the habits of a lifetime, habits that interfere with their undeniable attraction to one another. Rose must come to terms with the cultural biases she has acquired living always amongst her own kind, while Percy is forced to question his life-long political faith. All this takes place in the small Vermont town of Orton, (pop. 290).

It’s no surprise that Luskin’s borrowed from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She’s been a student of Jane Austen all her life – even earning a PhD at Columbia.

Into The Wilderness is not strictly a retelling of Austen’s tale. It’s also a tale of the outsider arriving in the heart of a new community – and how all parties negotiate their differences (or fail to). And it's a tale of rural Vermont at mid-century, a time when the major technological advance was the Interstate, a road-building project that changed rural America as much as the information highway is changing the world today.

Critics have hailed “Into the Wilderness” as “a fiercely intelligent love story,” and “a perfectly gratifying read.” Readers routinely say, “I didn’t want it to end but I couldn’t put it down.

Luskin will be reading in the McManus Room at The Westport Public Library, which is located at 22 Jessup Road on Tuesday, October 12. The talk begins at noon. Anthology, Scranton’s independent bookstore, is located on the second floor of 515 Center Street in downtown. This talk begins at 6 PM. Books will be available at both venues. For more information, visit

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