Mary Helen Stefaniak will sign "The World of Pondside"

What: Mary Helen Stefaniak will read from, take questions, and sign The World of Pondside, joined in conversation by Suzanne Kehm. 

When: Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 p.m.

Where: The Bookworm, 2501 So. 90th St., Ste. 111
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With help from Pondside Manor's quirky, twentysomething kitchen worker Foster Kresowik, resident Robert Kallman creates The World of Pondside, a video game that delights the nursing home's residents by allowing them to virtually relive blissful moments from days long past--or even create new ones. One-legged Duane Lotspeich is overjoyed when he can dance the tango again. Octogenarian Laverne Slatchek cheers on her favorite baseball team from the stands at Candlestick Park with her beloved husband--who died years ago. Even the overwhelmed Pondside administrator escapes her job by logging into a much more luxurious virtual world. Robert's game enlivens the halls of Pondside Manor, but chaos ensues when he is found dead, submerged in the pond, still strapped into his wheelchair. If any resident witnessed his death, they're not telling--either covering up or, quite possibly, forgetting. And it's far from clear to anyone--including the police--if the death of this brilliant man, who suffered from ALS, was suicide or murder. When Robert's video game goes dark, its players grow desperate. The task of getting it back online falls to young Foster, who enlists help from a raucous group of residents and staff. Their pursuit--virtual and real--has unintended consequences, uncovering both criminal activities and the secret plans of Foster's friend Robert. From Pondside Manor, this unlikely bunch of gamers embarks upon an astonishing journey--blissful, treacherous, and unforgettable.

Mary Helen Stefaniak is the prizewinning author of The Turk and My Mother and Self Storage and Other Stories. She lives in Omaha and Iowa City.

Event date: 

Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 1:00pm
The World of Pondside Cover Image
ISBN: 9781799909712
Availability: On our shelves as of last inventory update.
Published: Blackstone Publishing - April 19th, 2022

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