An Evening with Debora Harding

What: Debora Harding will discuss her book Dancing with the Octopus: A Memoir of A Crime

When: Friday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Via Crowdcast, details here.


Join us on Friday, October 23rd as we virtually welcome Debora Harding back to Omaha as she discusses her new book, Dancing with the Octopus. She will be joined in conversation by Collette Youngblood. This event is presented in conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, celebrated annually in October.

One Omaha winter day in November 1978, when Debora Harding was just fourteen, she was abducted at knifepoint from a church parking lot. She was thrown into a van, assaulted, held for ransom, and then left to die as an ice storm descended over the city. Debora survived. She identified her attacker to the police and then returned to her teenage life in a dysfunctional home where she was expected to simply move on. Denial became the family coping strategy offered by her fun-loving, conflicted father and her cruelly resentful mother.

It wasn't until decades after the attack—when beset by the symptoms of PTSD—that Debora undertook a radical project: she met her childhood attacker face-to-face in prison and began to reconsider and reimagine his complex story. This was a quest for the truth that would threaten the lie at the heart of her family and with it the sacred bond that once saved her. Dexterously shifting between the past and present, Debora Harding untangles the incident of her kidnapping and escape from unexpected angles, offering a vivid, intimate portrait of one family's disintegration in the 1970s Midwest. Written with dark humor and the pacing of a thriller, "Dancing with the Octopus" is a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking narrative of reckoning, recovery, and the inexhaustible strength it takes to survive.

Event attendees who purchase a copy of Dancing with the Octopus from The Bookworm will receive a personalized and signed bookplate. Information will be given during the event, or you may email us for details.

Event date: 

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Dancing with the Octopus: A Memoir of a Crime Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635576122
Availability: On Our Shelves Now As Of Last Inventory Update
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 22nd, 2020

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