Join us on Friday, May 19th at 7:00 PM to hear Michael Kula read and discuss his new book, "The Good Doctor." Book signing to follow!
In the summer of 1917 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the renowned cattle veterinarian Dr. David Roberts and his socialite wife, Mary, suffer a tragic loss that leaves them both isolated and alone, struggling to find comfort in whatever ways they can. That winter, amid his lingering grief, Dr. Roberts’ prosperous business now faces unforeseen challenges, and in attempt to overcome them, he begins writing a book with the help of a young schoolteacher. While the distraction of the project brings him momentary relief, the secret pain he’s been carrying proves to be too much for him to escape alone. Over time, as his relationship with the young teacher deepens, complicating the troubles of his marriage, he must ultimately face the reality that by trying to avoid hurting those around him, he might be doing just that.
Based on a true story, The Good Doctor draws on a rich variety of sources as it takes readers on a passionate journey through the American heartland at a time of great change for both the country and the tragic lives of the characters who inhabit its pages.
About the Author:
A native Midwesterner, Michael Kula is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Emerson College. His work has previously appeared in literary magazines across the country including: Porcupine, Reconstructions, The Mars Hill Review, MidAmerica, Vehicle, The Drum, and The Copperfield Review. He is the past recipient of grants and awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, the National Park Service, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. He is the founder and fiction editor of the literary magazine Collateral, and he is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Washington, Tacoma.