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Nov. 16, 2005

Minnesota Writer Faith Sullivan Reads From New Novel Nov. 28 On WSUI

Minnesota novelist Faith Sullivan will read from her new novel, "Gardenias," at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" broadcasts on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910, hosted by Julie Englander. Listen on the Internet at

Sullivan's novel follows an uprooted Midwestern family in the 1940s, migrating to California to seek its fortune. The cast of characters will be familiar to anyone who read one of her previous novels, "The Cape Ann."

A review in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune concluded that "'Gardenias' proves that even life's missed opportunities can offer some of the most rewarding story lines. . . . Sullivan's most enduring talent is for weaving the mythology of unfulfilled dreams into fiction."

Sullivan grew up in small-town Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota State University at Mankato. In 1975 she began writing novels because she had a great idea for one and was unable to talk her husband, Dan, theater critic for the Los Angeles Times, into writing it. Since then she has published seven novels.

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