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MONDAY, MONDAY

by Crook, Elizabeth

In this gripping, emotionally charged novel, a tragedy in Texas changes the course of three lives.

On an oppressively hot Monday in August of 1966, a student and former marine named Charles Whitman hauled a footlocker of guns to the top of the University of Texas tower and began firing on pedestrians below. Before it was over, sixteen people were dead and thirty-two wounded. It was the first mass shooting of civilians on a campus in American history.

With pathos and electrifying storytelling, Elizabeth Crook’s Monday, Monday follows three students whose lives are forever altered by the massacre. There’s Shelly, who leaves her math class and walks right into the path of the bullets; and two cousins, Wyatt and Jack, who rush out of the university buildings intending to help. Thus begins a relationship between the three, eventually entangling their lives in a forbidden love affair, an illicit pregnancy, and a vow of secrecy that will span forty years. Reunited in a desert town in West Texas decades after the tragedy, the three are forced to confront the thing that changed them—and to discover what’s most meaningful in their lives.

Monday, Monday is Crook’s first novel in eight years. In its humane, touching treatment of a national tragedy, it marks a generous and thrilling new direction for a gifted American writer.

Elizabeth Crook is the author of three novels, The Raven’s Bride, Promised Lands, and The Night Journal. She has written for anthologies and periodicals, including Texas Monthly and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and has served on the council of the Texas Institute of Letters. Currently she is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Book Festival. She lives in Austin with her husband and two children.

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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.

Quote: Caroline Leavitt

Intensely imagined… The story unfurls simply and smoothly, with a quiet insistence much like the path the characters will take. Crook renders Shelly’s interior life delicately and fully, and artfully conveys her many moments of panic and anguish.

Review: Publishers Weekly

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 beautiful and brilliant book.

Quote: Stephen Harrigan, author of THE GATES OF THE ALAMO and REMEMBER BEN CLAYTON

confident and lyrical as it (the novel) smartly engages terror and its aftermath.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/elizabeth-crook/monday-monday/

Review: Kirkus

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.

Quote: Sarah Bird

Rich in detail and grand in scope.

http://www.bustle.com/articles/26594-monday-monday-by-elizabeth-crook-examines-the-first-campus-shooting-in-the-us

Review: Bustle

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