An Evening with Cadwell Turnbull, author of THE LESSON

Meet science fiction's rising star, Cadwell Turnbull, at a launch event for The Lesson. After a race of advanced aliens settle in the U.S. Virgin Islands, two families confront the personal and social impact of the alien presence, while growing violence between the Ynaa and local Virgin Islanders threatens even greater tragedy and the story builds to a tragic confrontation that will alter their island home forever. Cadwell Turnbull's novel debut, The Lesson, is set in his hometown of St. Thomas, explores the nature of belief, the impact of colonialism, and asks how far are we willing to go for progress that involves a struggle with faith, identity and mortality.

More About the Book

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This had led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last.

A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of the Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witness and victim to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.

About the Author

Cadwell Turnbull is a graduate from the North Carolina State University's Creative Writing MFA in Fiction and English MA in Linguistics. He was the winner of the 2014 NCSU Prize for Short Fiction for his story, "Ears," and attended Clarion West 2016. Turnbull's short stories have been published in Nightmare, Lightspeed, and Asimov's Science Fiction. His Nightmare short story, "Loneliness is in Your Blood," was selected by N.K. Jemison for The Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2018. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. The Lesson is his first novel.

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
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$26.99
ISBN: 9781538584644
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blackstone Publishing - June 18th, 2019