Suzy Vitello

We are pleased to welcome Suzy Vitello who will be discussing her newest novel Bitterroot published by Sibylline Press.

Bitterroot is set in the fictional small town of Steeplejack, nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho, where racism, violence, and MAGA politics rage. Hazel Mackenzie, a forensic artist, is reeling from both the sudden, tragic death of her husband and a hate crime against her gay twin brother Kento, shot by a member of Steeplejack’s growing anti-LGBTQ community during a gender reveal party for his child. In the aftermath, Hazel uncovers an ugly secret about her late husband which leads her to the discovery of letters written by her great-grandfather, a first-generation Japanese-American who was recruited by the US military in World War II. These letters reveal hidden family secrets about her grandparents' forced internment during World War II, mirroring the same racism and prejudice rising to the surface in modern day Steeplejack. Hazel must now confront her own intergenerational trauma as she battles for herself, her brother, and a town torn apart by hate, and in doing so, she stumbles upon a different kind of love and a more courageous way to live her life. Author Rene Denfeld writes "this book strikes at the heart of loss, and the alchemy of change. Suzy Vitello is a gifted writer with a deep understanding of people and places. Bitterroot is an exceptional novel by a great talent".

Suzy Vitello holds an MFA from Antioch, Los Angeles, and has been a recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts grant. Her previous novels include Faultland, The Moment Before and the young adult series Empress Chronicles. She lives in Portland with her husband and her dog, and occasionally one or more of their five kids.

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 6:00pm
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Bitterroot By Suzy Vitello Cover Image
ISBN: 9781960573964
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Published: Sibylline Press - May 21st, 2024