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Susan Bacon: The History Teacher

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About the book:

How do you know what you know is true?

During the blizzard of 1978, a woman is discovered face down at the edge of her Delaware estate, a boxer, half-dead, by her side. Nearby, in a deep ravine, a CIA officer lies buried under two feet of snow. Their secret meeting--sabotaged.

When Emma Quinn gets a call in her Manhattan apartment--your grandmother, out walking her dog, found dead in the snow--she has no reason to suspect foul play. A history professor at Columbia and the sole heir to the Quinn fortune, she heads down to Delaware, where her grandmother's death has triggered a series of unsettling events--a break-in at the estate, an unexpected visit from the CIA and the discovery of a disturbing collection of news clippings in an upstairs study--about hijackings, bombings and acts of terror. Back in Manhattan, Emma is being followed by a mysterious stranger. Her distress grows when she meets a well-known historian, a Scotsman and Sovietologist named Angus McLearan, who accuses her late grandfather of wrongdoing during the 1930s and '40s.

Determined to clear her grandfather's name and to understand her grandmother's fate, Emma forms an uneasy alliance with McLearan. Together, they head deeper into an intrigue that harks back to the beginnings of the Cold War and the early days of the intelligence community. As Emma's research and the CIA's investigation into the death of their agent begin to intersect, she no longer knows who or what to believe. And it soon becomes apparent that this isn't just about something that happened in the 1940s. It's about an operation that is still in play in 1978, one that puts Emma--and the broader world--at risk. When a discovery leads her to her family's remote Adirondack cabin, the stranger follows. There, Emma is forced to confront the truth--about her family and about history as we know it.

About the author:

Susan Bacon's career as a writer spans more than 30 years. She is a former journalist, an author, an award-winning copywriter and a ghost writer. Her own writing has been published under the names Susan Dynerman, Susan Turley and Susan Bacon. And her ghostwriting credits include an international best seller. THE HISTORY TEACHER is her debut novel. A graduate of Barnard College with a degree in history, Susan began her career as an editor of Memphis magazine and a stringer for Time and Fortune. She also worked as a corporate speech writer and ad copywriter in Memphis before moving to Washington DC. In the early '90s, Susan wrote (or co-wrote) two books on the politics of parenting, including ARE OUR KIDS ALL RIGHT?, a Parents' Choice selection. An advocate for enlightened family leave and child care policies, she was featured in major media, including NBC's Today Show and USA Today. During that time, she also contributed feature stories to The Washington Post. In 1996, Susan joined the staff of a DC-based design firm as a senior writer. Six years later, she returned to Memphis and started her own business doing writing projects for a mix of clients and helping other authors with their books. She also pulled a handful of old short stories out of a drawer and began writing fiction in earnest. In 2009, Susan studied with Richard Bausch in his Moss Workshop in Fiction. She wrote one novel and then another. THE HISTORY TEACHER, her second, was published in 2019. Susan lives and writes in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, visit

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Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 2:00pm
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387 Perkins Ext.
Memphis, TN 38117
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ISBN: 9781733082709
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Published: Porter Street Press - July 23rd, 2019