We’re excited to announce this month’s Statesman Selects pick is the forthcoming novel by Elizabeth Crook, Monday, Monday! Each month, BookPeople and the Austin-American Statesman highlight one book you simply should not miss. Read the Statesman’s review of Monday, Monday on Sunday, April 27. Be sure to join us Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm when Elizabeth Crook speaks about and signs her new novel.
About Monday, Monday
On a Monday in August of 1966, the University of Texas experienced one of the most tragic, unforgettable days in its history when Charles Whitman, a student and former Marine, opened fire from the top of the UT tower. That day, Whitman killed sixteen people and wounded thirty-two more.
Crook’s novel follows three students whose lives are forever changed by the massacre, reuniting them forty years after that fateful day to confront an event that has come to determine the course of their lives, and the lives of their children.
Fellow authors have been giving Crook rave reviews for Monday, Monday:
“Elizabeth Crook has written an extraordinary novel—an eloquent love story born from an act of random violence, a tale of destruction and redemption. It’s about making a whole life out of a damaged one, and about holding on and letting go. The characters are as real as people you know; their story is subtle, startling, and wise.”
—Sarah Bird, author of The Yokota Officers Club and Above the East China Sea
“Monday, Monday begins by throwing us into the midst of one of the worst mass murders in American history, a scene painted with such harrowing exactitude that it leaves you wondering how the characters can possibly survive and how the author can possibly sustain such a high level of narrative momentum and emotional insight. And yet Elizabeth Crook pulls it off. This is a brilliant and beautiful book.”
—Stephen Harrigan, author of The Gates of the Alamo and Remember Ben Clayton
“This rapturous novel starts with one of the most heinous shootings in history, yet every page shines with life. Crook follows three students who endured the tragedy as they grapple with the past, struggle to navigate their futures, and discover that who and what saves us is nothing like what you imagine. Brilliantly realized and so vivid the novel seems to virtually breathe, Monday, Monday is a stunning achievement.’
—Caroline Leavitt, Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You
We hope you can join us on April 29th to hear Elizabeth Crook read from and speak about her book. If you can’t make it to the event, you can order a signed copy of Monday, Monday via our website, bookpeople.com. We ship all over the world!