On Tour 10/18/23-11/17/23 “The Stark Beauty Of Last Things” by Celine Keating

Release Date:
October 24, 2023

About The Book:

Everyone in town has a stake in the outcome, among them Julienne, an environmentalist and painter fighting to save the landscape that inspires her art; Theresa, a bartender whose trailer park home is jeopardized by coastal erosion; and Molly and Billy, who are struggling to hold onto their property against pressure to sell. When a forest fire breaks out, Clancy comes under suspicion for arson, complicating his efforts to navigate competing agendas for the best uses of the land and to find the healing and home he has always longed for.

Told from multiple points of view, The Stark Beauty of Last Things explores our connection to nature—and what we stand to lose when that connection is severed.

About The Author:

Céline Keating is an award-winning writer living in Bristol, Rhode Island. She is the author of two novels: Layla (2011), a Huffington Post featured title, and Play for Me (2015), a finalist in the International Book Awards, the Indie Excellence Awards, and the USA Book Awards. Her short fiction and articles have been published in many literary journals and magazines. For many years a resident of Montauk, NY, Céline continues to serve on the board of environmental organization Concerned Citizens of Montauk. She is the coeditor of the anthology On Montauk: A Literary Celebration.https://celinekeating.com/

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCelineKeating/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/celinekeating

 Instagram: https//instagram.com/celinekeatingauthor

Book Blurbs: 

“I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. The characters, the twisty plot, the detailed descriptions, and the setting of Montauk, a place of great natural beauty, all drew me in completely. When I miss being by the ocean—all the time—I will from now on have The Stark Beauty of Last Things to turn to for passages that take me there. This is a rare and special book to keep on the bedside table.”—Alice Elliott Dark, author of Fellowship Point and In the Gloaming

With lush and sensory prose, this incandescent novel offers a glimpse into a wild place in turmoil. Residents of Keating’s Montauk, both locals and outsiders, face seemingly impossible choices between financial survival and environmental stability of their fragile community. The natural world—its palate, its odors, the rhythms of sunset and daybreak, of storm destruction and delicate growth—is the scaffolding and the heart of this unforgettable story.  — Ellen Meeropol, author of The Lost Women of Azalea Court

The Stark Beauty of Last Things brilliantly explores the symbiotic relationship between nature, the community, and characters driven to exploit or co-exist with each other and the environment. Keating writes about Montauk—the last spit of wild land on Long Island—with great depth of observation and feeling, delivering a cast of characters who spring from the page as vibrant and complex as anyone you might meet in the village itself. In the conflict between land developers and community environmentalists, the novel shows how nature itself—and a little luck—can become the deciding factor. This is a wise and often astonishing novel.    — Robert Eversz, author of the Nina Zero novels.  

The Stark Beauty of Last Things is suspenseful and satisfying. Céline Keating is a wonderful storyteller, with a keen sense of place and compassion for the people who inhabit it.— Hilma Wolitzer, author of Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket

Readers will be packing their bags for the Long Island shoreline in this atmospheric tale of love and healing. Keating’s characters prove to be as formidable as the threats to their historic Montauk coastline.– Suzanne Simonetti, author of The Sound of Wings

Keating tells an intricately woven tale of the people of a small fishing town beset by land developers and reckoning with its future. Keating tells the story of multiple characters with great sympathy and insight, as they struggle not only with the town’s future but with their own places in the world. A finely written, highly readable book that is vivid and real.–Edward J. Delaney, author of The Acrobat

Bloggers On Tour: 

Oct. 18th- Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

Oct. 19th- Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews

Oct. 19th- Biblio Reviews https://instagram.com/biblioreviews

Oct. 23rd- Love My Books 2020 https://instagram.com/lovemybooks2020

Oct. 25th- Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession/ 

Oct. 25th- Novels and Latte Book Club –https://www.facebook.com/groups/357651988042629

Oct. 26th- Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

Oct. 28th- Carol Doscher https://instagram.com/carol_doscher_reader

Nov. 1st- Reading With Mere-https://instagram.com/readingwithmere

Nov. 2nd- Rajivs Reviews https://instagram.com/rajivsreviews

Nov. 4th- Plains Reading https://instagram.com/plains_reading

Nov. 6th- Christina Luvs 2 Read https://instagram.com/christinaluvs2read

Nov. 6th- Sarahs Bookish Reviews https://instagram.com/sarahs.bookish.reviews

Nov. 6th- Books Love And Understanding https://instagram.com/booksloveandunderstanding

Nov. 8th- CMT Loves Wine and Books https://instagram.com/cmtloveswineandbooks

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Nov. 16th- Subakka Bookstuff https://instagram.com/subakka.bookstuff

Nov. 17th- Books and Coffee MX https://instagram.com/booksandcoffeemx

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