“Mermaids in the Basement” concerns the relationship between daughter and father. The main character, Renata DeChavannes, is a screenwriter who is grieving her mother’s death. Her boyfriend, a movie producer, is on the cover of a tabloid magazine along with the star of his film. Renata has had an almost non-existent relationship with her father for years.
She goes back to her paternal grandmother’s house in Point Clear, Ala. where an old trunk kept by her grandmother contains clues about her childhood and her parents’ divorce. Renata wants to reconcile with her father, but his fiancée turns up bleeding and in a coma at their engagement party. It doesn’t help that some pearls from Renata’s broken necklace are discovered at the scene. The police investigate, and her dad isn’t that eager to talk to her on the phone. Even so, Renata continues to learn more about her childhood and finds that everything she believed was true about her parents was false.
The book, West has said, is a companion to her previous works, “Crazy Ladies” and “Mad Girls in Love.”
West is also the author of “American Pie” and “She Flew the Coop.” She also wrote a non-fiction book called “Consuming Passions” which is about food and family.
Guests can get a copy of the new paperback version of “Mermaids in the Basement” signed and enjoy some punch, truffles and chocolate mermaids, Norton said.
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