Vanessa Lillie with Adrienne Keene: Blood Sisters
In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of Blood Sisters with author Vanessa Lillie, in conversation with Adrienne Keene.
This event is co-sponsored by the Indigenous People Celebration Committee of Brookline.
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A visceral and compelling mystery about a Cherokee archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs who is summoned to rural Oklahoma to investigate the disappearance of two women…one of them her sister.
There are secrets in the land.
As an archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Syd Walker spends her days in Rhode Island trying to protect the land's indigenous past, even as she’s escaping her own.
While Syd is dedicated to her job, she’s haunted by a night of violence she barely escaped in her Oklahoma hometown fifteen years ago. Though she swore she’d never go back, the past comes calling.
When a skull is found near the crime scene of her youth, just as her sister, Emma Lou, vanishes, Syd knows she must return home. She refuses to let her sister's disappearance, or the remains, go ignored—as so often happens in cases of missing Native women.
But not everyone is glad to have Syd home, and she can feel the crosshairs on her. Still, the deeper Syd digs, the more she uncovers about a string of missing indigenous women cases going back decades. To save her sister, she must expose a darkness in the town that no one wants to face—not even Syd.
The truth will be unearthed.
Vanessa Lillie is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the author of the bestselling suspense novels Little Voices and For the Best. With fifteen years of marketing and communications experience, Vanessa hosts a weekly Instagram Live event with crime fiction authors and was a columnist for the Providence Journal. She lives on Narragansett land in Rhode Island.
Adrienne Keene is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, originally from southern California, and now lives on the East Coast. She is the author of NOTABLE NATIVE PEOPLE: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present, co-host of the All My Relations podcast, and longtime author of the blog Native Appropriations, which discusses Indigenous representations in popular culture. In her academic life as a scholar she researches and writes about Native students in the college process. .
About the Indigenous People Celebration Committee of Brookline
The Committee's focus shall be on the culture, history and diversity of indigenous peoples, including the adversities suffered by indigenous peoples as a result of European conquest of the Americas, but in a manner that prioritizes education and reconciliation and appropriate advocacy in line with the Town's values.
About Brookline Booksmith
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This event will take place at street level. If possible, the event will be livestreamed to YouTube. ASL interpretation may be provided (based on the availability of interpreters) but must be requested at least 2 weeks in advance of the event. Seats are limited. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you require ASL interpretation, guaranteed seating, or other accommodations. We will do our best to serve your needs!