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Zoom with the Author: Lya Badgley

In April we are visiting with author, Lya Badgley, about her debut novel, The Foreigner's Confession.  Chapter One's Zoom Book Club meets virtually once a month to discuss works of fiction with authors.  Join us April 26 at 6pm MST via Zoom to speak with Lya about her suspense filled novel exploring Cambodia's haunting past.  

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88504748387?pwd=aWVHVzF5ZjZFakpwQkJ4Zms5Z2xVQT09


A cleverly constructed novel that intertwines multiple characters and timelines to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of Cambodia and the risks people take to rebuild their lives after tragedy.   
~ Mark Haskell Smith, author of Blown


An unexpected, mysterious discovery in Cambodia leads Emily McLean on a journey through the country’s painful history  toward personal redemption.

After a horrific accident shatters her world and leaves her an amputee, American attorney Emily McLean moves to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to work with landmine survivors. She hopes to reinvent herself in this new land, leaving behind her sense of culpability in the death of her husband and the loss of her unborn child.
While visiting the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide, Emily discovers that she shares an eerie resemblance to a portrait of a former prison inmate, Milijana Petrova, a Serbian communist revolutionary who, in the 1970s, became fatally enmeshed with the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Emily is not the only one who notices the astonishing similarity—her Cambodian driver insists she is the ghost of Milijana, come back to complete a mysterious task.
This unexpected discovery consumes Emily, who starts desperately searching for answers about Milijana in historical documents from Cambodia’s devastating civil war. As Emily begins to uncover more clues about Milijana’s life—from the horrible mistakes she made to the terrible price she paid—similarities between the two women start to emerge, and their stories become intertwined. What happens when life is turned upside down and the boundary between past and present, life and death are blurred? Can Emily’s discoveries help her to finally emerge from the pain of her own past, or will Milijana’s tragic end foretell her own? 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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The Foreigner's Confession By Lya Badgley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781737826507
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lure Press - February 1st, 2022