Iowan Stephen Lovely worked the night shift as a hospital clerk for seven years, where he came up with the idea for his debut novel, “Irreplaceable,” about two Midwestern families after a sudden death and heart transplant.
He’s coming Saturday (March 14) to Common Good Books in St. Paul for a signing.
Says an Associated Press review: “Lovely’s very real portrayal of grief is nothing to doubt. He gives an utterly convincing portrait of people who have lost the person they love most in the world. It is a touching story.” It also got a “starred review” from Publisher’s Weekly.
Lovely — and I’m sure someone’s already used the line about “a lovely debut novel” — lives in Iowa City, where he’s now the director of the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio. He lived in Minneapolis for a bit while growing up.
For those who like to know more about an author before meeting him or her, there’s an interview with Lovely online at FreshFiction.com.
He’ll come up Interstate 35 Saturday for the 1 p.m. appearance at Common Good Books, 165 N. Western Ave., St. Paul, at the corner of Selby and Western, below Nina’s Cafe.