April Smith Author Event

Home Sweet Home Image

April Smith

Author of Home Sweet Home

Wednesday, March 1st at 7pm

From the widely praised author of  A Star for Mrs. Blake, this riveting epic drama follows the Kusek family from New York City to America’s heartland, where they are caught up in the panic of McCarthyism, a smear campaign, a sensational trial, and, ultimately, murder. Calvin Kusek, a World War II pilot and attorney, and his wife, Betsy, escape the 1950s conformity of New York City to relocate to a close-knit town in South Dakota. They settle on a ranch and Betsy becomes a visiting nurse, befriending a quirky assortment of rural characters. Their children, Jo and her brother, Lance, grow up caring for animals and riding in rodeos. Life isn’t easy, but it is full and rewarding. When a seat in the state legislature becomes available, Cal jumps at the chance to repay the community and serves three popular terms.
Things change when Cal runs for the U.S. Senate. The FBI investigates Betsy, and a youthful dalliance with the Communist Party surfaces to haunt the Kuseks. Mass hysteria takes over, inflamed by Cal’s political enemies. Driven by fear and hate, their neighbors turn, condemning them as enemies and spies. The American Dream falls apart overnight as the Kuseks try to protect their children from the nightmare that follows. The family is vindicated in a successful libel lawsuit, but the story doesn’t end there: years later, Lance Kusek and his wife and son are brutally attacked, and the mystery then unfolds as to who committed these cold-blooded murders, and are they related to the stunning events of decades earlier?

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Event date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
904 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Home Sweet Home Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101874219
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 31st, 2017

From the widely praised author of the FBI Special Agent Ana Grey series and A Star for Mrs. Blake, this riveting epic drama follows the Kusek family from New York City to America's heartland, where they are caught up in the panic of McCarthyism, a smear campaign, a sensational trial, and, ultimately, murder.


A Star for Mrs. Blake Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307948809
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - September 23rd, 2014

An emotionally charged historical novel based on the Gold Star Mothers.