Ocean House Author Series: The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian

    Date Wednesday Aug 2, 2023

    Location Ocean House

    Time 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Price $35/person
    (plus tax & service charge)

    Venue Seaside Ballroom


We regret that this event is fully committed. We look forward to welcoming you for other Ocean House Author Series events this season.

Join Ocean House owner and author Deborah Goodrich Royce as she moderates a conversation with award-winning author Chris Bohjalian. Bohjalian has written more than 20 books, including The Sandcastle Girls, The Guest Room, and The Flight Attendant, which has been adapted into a hit TV series.

This week, Bohjalian will be discussing his latest novel, The Lioness, which became an instant New York Times bestseller upon release and is now a Washington Post and Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2022!

Enjoy wine, light bites and a signed copy of the book.

Please note, tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable. 

About The Lioness:

Tanzania, 1964. When Katie Barstow, A-list actress, and her new husband, David Hill, decide to bring their Hollywood friends to the Serengeti for their honeymoon, they envision giraffes gently eating leaves from the tall acacia trees, great swarms of wildebeests crossing the Mara River, and herds of zebras storming the sandy plains. Their glamorous guests—including Katie’s best friend, Carmen Tedesco, and Terrance Dutton, the celebrated Black actor who stars alongside Katie in the highly controversial film Tender Madness—will spend their days taking photos, and their evenings drinking chilled gin and tonics back at camp, as the local Tanzanian guides warm water for their baths. The wealthy Americans expect civilized adventure: fresh ice from the kerosene-powered ice maker, dinners of cooked gazelle meat, and plenty of stories to tell over lunch back on Rodeo Drive.

What Katie and her glittering entourage do not expect is this: a kidnapping gone wrong, their guides bleeding out in the dirt, and a team of Russian mercenaries herding their hostages into Land Rovers, guns to their heads. As the powerful sun gives way to night, the gunmen shove them into abandoned huts and Katie Barstow, Hollywood royalty, prays for a simple thing: to see the sun rise one more time.

A blistering story of fame, race, love, and death set in a world on the cusp of great change, The Lioness is a vibrant masterpiece from one of our finest storytellers.

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