Furious Hours

The cover of “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee,” a new true crime book by local writer Casey Cep, is shown.

EASTON — Author Casey Cep, a 2003 Easton High School graduate, will read from and sign copies of her new book, “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee,” at 6 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the Talbot County Free Library.

The book, which Oprah Winfrey called one to watch for in 2019, tells the story of Harper Lee’s obsession with a serial killer’s crimes in Alabama in the years after she wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

“Furious Hours” debuted last month at No. 6 on The New York Times‘ nonfiction bestseller list.

Time magazine wrote, “Cep’s book is a marvel. In elegant prose, she gives us the fullest story yet of Lee’s post-Mockingbird life in New York — boozy, unproductive, modest despite her means, yet full of books and theater … Cep’s is an account emotionally attuned to the toll that great writing takes, and shows that sometimes one perfect book is all we can ask for, even while we wish for another.”

After graduating from Harvard College with a degree in English, Cep earned a master’s degree in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The New Republic, among many other publications. “Furious Hours” is her first book.

For more information, visit www.caseycep.com or www.tcfl.org, or call 410-822-1626.

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