Ocean State – European Tour!

For those European readers, please come on out and see Stewart on tour, happening next week!

Café Schopenhauer, Vienna, Austria

Berlin 05/02/2022 7:30 p.m.
Bookstore Uslar & Rai
Schönhauser Allee 43
10435 Berlin

Cologne 05/03/2022 7:30 p.m.
Literaturhaus Köln
Großer Griechenmarkt 39
50667 Cologne

Munich 05/04/2022 8:00 p.m.
Literaturhaus Munich
Salvatorplatz 1
80333 Munich

Salzburg 05/05/2022 7:30 p.m.
Strubergasse 23
5020 Salzburg

Vienna 05/06/2022 7:00 p.m.
Café Schopenhauer
Staudgasse 1
1180 Vienna

4/19/2022 7PM ET: Gramercy Books Presents a Virtual Evening with Master Novelists Stewart O’Nan and Susan Straight!

Join two acclaimed storytellers, Stewart O’Nan and Susan Straight, to learn more about their compelling new novels, Ocean State and Mecca!


About this event

Join two acclaimed storytellers, Stewart O’Nan and Susan Straight, to learn more about their compelling new novels, Ocean State and Mecca!

A general admission ticket to access this virtual event is $5; a ticket that includes the purchase of OCEAN STATE or MECCA waives that fee. Registration closes at 5:00 pm on the day of the event.

The Day: Stewart O’Nan’s new novel ‘Ocean State’ explores small-town Rhody

Regarding the murder that lies at the heart of “Ocean State,” the new Stewart O’Nan novel, the “whodunit” aspect lasts exactly 9 words into the book.

The first sentence of a story that takes place predominantly in Ashaway, Rhode Island, in 2009, reads: “When I was in eighth grade, my sister helped kill another girl.”

It’s a hell of an authorial gamble, and that O’Nan did so suggests he relished the challenge to shoulder significant weight in terms of developing characters and sustaining tension throughout the book after that opening detonation.

To that end, “Ocean State” isn’t a typical thriller — if indeed it IS one. Two high school girls are infatuated with the same boy, a wealthy senior named Myles who, both women know (on some level), will graduate and head off to an elite college without a glance back. He casually and deceptively ping pongs between his beautiful longtime girlfriend Angel and relative newcomer Birdy, who has her own boyfriend but is willing to leave him for even a remote shot at Myles.

O’Nan, a New York Times bestselling writer whose other novels include “Last Night at the Lobster,” “City of Secrets,” “Henry, Himself,” “The Good Wife” and “The Night Country,” will read from and discuss “Ocean State” Thursday in Westerly’s Savoy Bookshop & Cafe.