Savoy Bookshop & Café presents an author talk and signing with C.B. Bernard for the launch of Small Animals Caught in Traps.
About the Book
In the town of Disappointment, Oregon, washed-up boxer Lewis Yaw makes ends meet as a fishing guide. He's lived a life of violence but doesn't understand real strength until he meets Janey, who can see good in even the most damaged things--including him. When she gives birth to their daughter, Grayling, Lewis worries that he'll mess her up as badly as his father did him. But he also sees a chance to right the wrongs of the past.
By high school, Gray has become his apprentice guide, his sparring partner, and his pride and joy. Life in their small town is nothing short of challenging--there's a marauding bear roaming the streets, a rival guide trying to kill Lewis, and a poacher littering deer carcasses along the river--but he is closer to happiness than he ever thought possible. When tragedy strikes, Lewis can't break free of his past, leaving Gray to fight to save the only thing she has left: her family.
About the Author
C.B. Bernard is the author of Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now (Lyons Press, 2013), a Publishers Weekly and National Geographic top pick and finalist for the Oregon Book Award in nonfiction; Small Animals Caught in Traps (Blackstone, 2023); and Ordinary Bear (Blackstone, 2024).
Professionally, Chris has worked as a magazine and newspaper journalist and editor, advertising copywriter, corporate and nonprofit communications director, and freelance writer. He’s an engaging public speaker with vast experience in front of audiences. He’s also an avid saltwater flyfisherman, occasional boatbuilder, and inveterate storyteller.
Over the years he has called nine states home—including Alaska, Oregon, and most of New England—and now lives in Rhode Island’s South County with his wife, a sweet-tempered retriever, and the ghosts of a couple of dogs.
For readers of Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone and David Vann's Legend of a Suicide, C. B. Bernard's debut novel shows a father and a daughter fighting toward hope through a traumatic past.