Synopses & Reviews
In the sequel to her acclaimed debut novel, The Society of S
, Susan Hubbard continues the adventures of Ariella Montero, who, in the midst of the ongoing presidential campaign, discovers that a leading contender for America's top political office just happens to be a vampire surrounded by the demons of lying, cheating, and murder.
The Year of Disappearances traces Ariella Montero's fourteenth year, during which she is accused of lying, cheating, and murder (twice). Her education continues, but instead of literature, science, and math, she learns folklore, the art and craft of journalism, and most important, the nature of personal demons. The book's themes involve masks and the duality of the self, the evil of hypocrisy, and the perpetual conflict between the desires of the flesh and those of the spirit. As Ari comes to question her own authenticity, listeners may begin to question her. Could the accusations against her be justified? Is she a reliable narrator? Or is someone else at work, telling us her story?
"Joyce Bean proves herself an excellent choice for this first-person narrative. She fully captures Ariella, projecting her point of view with all the emotion and attitude of the strong character she is." ---AudioFile
In the sequel to her acclaimed debut novel, The Society of S, Susan Hubbard continues the adventures of young Ariella Montero, who discovers that a leading contender for president of the United States just happens to be a vampire.
About the Author
Susan Hubbard is the author of "Blue Money, " winner of the Janet Heidinger Kakfa Prize, and "Walking on Ice, " winner of the Associated Writing Programs' Short Fiction Prize. A sequel to "The Society of S, " her new novel, is in progress.
Hubbard's fiction has appeared in "Triquarterly, Ploughshares, The Mississippi Review, " and other journals. Coeditor of "100% Pure Florida Fiction, " she is Professor of English at the University of Central Florida. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Project, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Cill Rialaig.
Hubbard has given fiction readings and led writing workshops at universities and arts programs across the United States and the United Kingdom. A past President of Associated Writing Programs, she has served as an assessor and curriculum consultant for several colleges and universities. She lives in Orlando and Cape Canaveral, FL.Bean has had careers as a television news producer, writer, actor, and voice talent. She has a B.A. in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.