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BookPeople Presents: Mary Helen Specht

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MARY HELEN SPECHT - Migratory Animals

Tuesday, January 20 at 7PM 

Debut Novelist


speaking & signing

Migratory Animals

We're thrilled to welcome Austinite Mary Helen Specht to the store tonight to share her debut novel, set right here in Austin, Migratory Animals. When Flannery, a young scientist, is forced to return to Austin from five years of research in Nigeria, she becomes split between her two homes. Having left behind her loving fiance without knowing when she can return, Flan learns that her sister, Molly, has begun to show signs of the genetic disease that slowly killed their mother. As their close-knit circle of friends struggles with Molly's diagnosis, Flannery must grapple with what her future will hold.

Mary Helen Specht's work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and Colorado Review. A winner of the Richard Yates Short Story Award, among other prizes, she is a former Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria and Dobie-Paisano Writing Fellow. She earned an MFA in fiction from Emerson College and now teaches creative writing at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.