Donna Levin - The Talking Stick: A Novel (Ferry Building Store)

Donna Levin

The Talking Stick
A Novel

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sun., April 21st, 2024 • 2:00pm PT

This event is free to attend and will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's SF Ferry Building Store. Please contact with questions regarding events.

Please join us in welcoming Donna Levin joined in conversation with radio journalist (KCBS/KQED) Peter Finch in celebration of her engaging new novel The Talking Stick.

Four women find humor, truth, romance, and a better path forward by deconstructing memory and emotion—and expose a wannabe cult leader along the way.

Hunter is lost. Her husband left her for Angelica, her former best friend whose new hit memoir is spreading unsavory lies about Hunter. She’s unemployed with no prospects, and the San Francisco flea market she’s wandering on a weekday is so foggy that she literally doesn’t know where she is.

It’s only after a helpful visit and a gift from a stranger who appears from the mist that Hunter finds her resolve. She begins a support group for women looking for new beginnings—only to have Angelica start one, too. In the next room over. One that feels very cult-y.

The Talking Stick is the adventure of Hunter and the three women who join her reclamation journey. Together, they reexamine their pasts, explore their grief, addictions, parenting, and marriages, and discover that some of their most-cherished memories are romanticized versions of the truth. Meanwhile, they unearth other memories—memories that challenge how they’ve been living for years. And, with the help of a lawyer who prefers life on a houseboat to the pretensions of the city, Hunter unravels Angelica’s scheme.

The Talking Stick is a fast-paced dramedy set in the Bay Area, told with the characteristic humor of Donna Levin, an author whom Kirkus called “A witty, modern voice” and the Los Angeles Times deemed “a novelist to keep high on your reading list.”


"The situation:  real women with real and painful problems. 
The solution: have friends. Also, magic. 
The result: A thoroughly engaging, completely entertaining novel by the great Donna Levin."
—Karen Joy Fowler, PEN/Faulkner award winner, Man Booker award nominee, and New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club


Donna Levin is the author of four acclaimed novels, Extraordinary MeansCalifornia StreetThere's More Than One Way Home, and He Could Be Another Bill Gates. She has also written two books on the craft of writing: Get That Novel Started and Get That Novel Written. Her work is included at Boston University, in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, and in the California State Library’s collection of California novels. She lives in San Francisco.


Peter Finch is a veteran Bay Area-based broadcast journalist (KCBS/KQED).

While attending San Francisco State University, Peter landed a news internship at KMEL radio in 1979 and has never looked back. Aside from an eight-year stint in Colorado, Peter has spent his entire career as a news anchor and reporter in the Bay Area. He has a B.A. in Broadcast Communication from San Francisco State University, and a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Colorado.

Peter also served as President of the Board of the Northern California chapter of the Radio-Television News Directors Association for several years and was Chairman of the Bay Area Amber Alert Task Force.

In 2014, Peter was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.




Donna Levin - photo credit Gina Logan. Peter Finch  photo courtesy of Donna Levin. 


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San Francisco, CA 94111
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ISBN: 9781648210310
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Published: Arcade - April 23rd, 2024