In rural Georgia, an outsider—a gay, physically misshapen kid—searches for love and acceptance. Near Moscow, four inseparable girls’ secrets, dreams, and desires are interrupted when the Soviet Empire teeters on the verge of collapse, in a retelling of Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard. In California, the late 1960s bring tumult and revolution—and a sense of home to a teen fleeing his abusive family, before a shattering discovery threatens to spin his life around. Join Jeffrey Dale Lofton, author of Red Clay Suzie, and Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry, author of The Orchard, in a conversation with William Mark Habeeb, author of Venice Beach, for three compelling coming of age stories.

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