Laura McBride - Round Midnight (San Francisco)

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

From the author of We Are Called to Rise comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

Spanning the six decades when Las Vegas grew from a dusty gambling town into the melting pot metropolis it is today, 'Round Midnight is the story of four women--one who falls in love, one who gets lucky, one whose heart is broken, and one who chooses happiness--whose lives change at the Midnight Room.

June Stein and her husband open the El Capitan casino in the 1950s, and rocket to success after hiring a charismatic black singer to anchor their nightclub. Their fast-paced lifestyle runs aground as racial tensions mount. Honorata leaves the Philippines as a mail order bride to a Chicago businessman, then hits a jackpot at the Midnight Room when he takes her on a weekend trip to Las Vegas.
Engracia, a Mexican immigrant whose lucky find at the Midnight Room leads to heartbreak, becomes enmeshed in Honorata's secret when she opens her employer's door to that Chicago businessman--and his gun.

And then there is Coral, an African-American teacher who struggles with her own mysterious past. A favor for Honorata takes her to the Midnight Room, where she hits a jackpot of another kind.
Mining the rich territory of motherhood and community, this is a story that mirrors the social transformation of our nation. Full of passion, heartbreak, heroism, longing, and suspense, it honors the reality of women's lives.

A graduate of Yale and a Yaddo fellow, Laura McBride is the author of We Are Called to Rise, which has been selected by more than a dozen community reads and FYE programs. She teaches at the College of Southern Nevada and lives in Las Vegas with her family.

 

Location: 
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
'Round Midnight Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781501157783
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Touchstone Books - May 2nd, 2017

From the author of We Are Called to Rise comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

What is it about the Midnight Room?