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Lori Baker,

70 Brown St, Providence, RI   (view map)

When she’s not busy working at Brown U’s Literary Arts Program, Lori Baker is working on her fiction. Her first three books were collections of short stories; last year she went long with her first novel, The Glass Ocean. Library Journal did the outline: “Set in the Victorian world but neither Dickensian nor steampunk, this debut novel . . . is narrated by red-haired, six-foot-plus Carlotta Dell’oro, who relates the story of her parents’ lives. On an 1841 expedition aboard the Narcissus, during which he’s expected to sketch sea creatures, Leonardo Dell’oro falls for remote, lovely Clotilde Girard, whose father funded the voyage. Leonardo brings Clotilde to remote Whitby, England, when her father goes missing, but they aren’t the perfect couple. Eventually, Leonardo apprentices himself to a glassblower, learning to transform his sea sketches into fragile, fantastical forms. Love, art, and history; who can resist?” John Banville praised it as “that rarest of things, a historical novel, or at least a novel set in history, that is also a work of art”; he noted that “Baker is a captivating storyteller, and her prose has the flash and fire of molten glass.” She will read at Brown’s McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St, Providence, at 2:30 pm | Free | 401.863.3260 |

the author of the recent novel The Glass Ocean, will read from her fiction

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