Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Jessica Treadway

Events: Mystery Night 2017

Book: How Will I Know You?

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Jessica Treadway received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany before working as a news and feature reporter for United Press International. After studying for her master’s degree in the creative writing program at Boston University, she held a fellowship at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College and taught at Tufts University before joining the faculty at Emerson College, where she is a professor in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing.

Treadway’s previous novels include And Give You Peace, a Booklist Top Ten Debut Novel of the Year, and Lacy Eye, which Publishers Weekly described as a “deftly plotted psychological thriller...a devastating portrait of a family torn apart from both the outside and within.” She also is the author of two story collections, Absent Without Leave and Other Stories and Please Come Back to Me, which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Her latest novel, How Will I Know You?, is a pulse-pounding story of mystery, betrayal, and a small town’s dark secrets. On a cold December day, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a frozen pond. It looks like a tragic drowning accident, but an autopsy shows unmistakable signs of strangulation.

In a close-knit community where everyone knows someone else’s secret, it’s only a matter of time before the truth is exposed. Treadway explores the ways in which families both thrive and falter, and how seemingly small bad choices can escalate—with fatal consequences.