ONLINE: Paula McLain - "When the Stars Go Dark" (paperback release) in conversation w Regina Brett

Event date: 
04/05/2022 - 8:30pm

Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife, joins Book Passage (host), Wellesley Books, and other independent bookstores to celebrate the paperback release of her 2021 bestseller, When the Stars Go Dark. Paula will be in conversation with Regina Brett, journalist and author of God Never Blinks

This is a free online event, however we ask that you RSVP with the link below or by calling us at 781-431-1160. Both methods are free. 



From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife comes an atmospheric novel of intertwined destinies and heart-wrenching suspense: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal?

Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.

Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives—and our faith in one another.​



Paula McLain is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Love and Ruin, Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.



Regina Brett is the New York Times bestselling author of God Never Blinks, which was translated into 22 languages. She also wrote God Is Always Hiring, Be the Miracle and currently writes columns for the Cleveland Jewish News. Regina is a two-time Pulitzer finalist for column writing and offers weekly inspiration at


When the Stars Go Dark: A Novel By Paula McLain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593237915
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Ballantine Books - April 5th, 2022

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