Monday, October 21, 2013

Margit Liesche coming to Mentor Library to talk about new novel, ‘Tryptich’

Margit Liesche, the author behind the WWII-era Pucci Lewis novels, is coming to Mentor Public Library to talk about her newest mystery, Tryptich.

Tryptich tells the stories of two sets of mothers and daughters—one based in 1956 Budapest during the Hungarian Revolution and the other in 1986 Chicago as the daughter of refugees learns the truth about her mother’s death.
Margit Liesche
Liesche is herself the child of Hungarian missionaries who settled in San Francisco after years in China. She drew from her family’s own hushed recollections of the Budapest Revolution to write Tryptich.

Triptych was conceived at a summer writer's workshop with this exercise prompt: 'My mother never…' I quickly added, 'lived in the same world as me,’” Liesche said. “My parents ended up in the States by default, as refugees, after they were forced to leave their missionary post in China, and Soviet-ruled Hungary refused to allow them to return.”

Liesche added that her mother never seemed to fit into her adopted country and that, to her, Hungry would always be home.

Liesche’s workshop sentence grew into a page, and the idea on the page resonated with her.

“I realized I wanted to write about a mother-daughter relationship, specifically about how a refugee mother’s sense of loss and displacement might influence her daughter’s life choices and character,” she said.

Liesche will talk about her family and Tryptich when she speaks from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch. She will also be selling and signing copies of her book.

Her talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Mentor Public Library.

Liesche has also written the mysteries Lipstick and Lies and Hollywood Buzz, which follow the adventures of Pucci Lewis. Lewis is an undercover agent and Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP.)

Though Tryptich and the Pucci Lewis mysteries are different, they are connected by strong female characters and an interest in history.

“Besides the focus on trailblazing women, I learned that I liked to build stories based on little known slices of history,” she said.

Liesche’s talk is free and open to the public. However, people are asked to register for the program. They can do so by calling Mentor Public Library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 215 or by visiting the library's website.

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