Erika Wurth and Jessie Ann Foley at Prairie Lights

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Erika Wurth, author of Crazy Horse's Girlfriend reads alongside Jessie Ann Foley at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City.

Praise for Crazy Horse's Girlfriend:

"There's no horror flick or disaster movie scarier than a teenager's life. Erika T. Wurth writes about a young woman's longing with such heart and soul, it made me want to cry. Here she chronicles the poor with compassion and respect, and depicts their moments of joy with the only language worthy of such heights—poetry."
—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

"A compelling and affecting look at the ineluctable awfulness of some teens’ lives."
—Booklist

About The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley:

Jessie Ann Foley's debut novel The Carnival at Bray (Elephant Rock Books, October 2014)was a William C. Morris Award Finalist and named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2014. Set in 1993, sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. "The narrative subtly and carefully interweaves peer and family drama . . . Every character, every place comes alive with crisp, precise detail. Powerfully evocative.” —Kirkus, Starred Review