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June 12, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Nicole Baart | The Long Way Back

@ Beaverdale Books

From Nicole Baart, author of the “poignant, riveting” Everything We Didn’t Say, comes The Long Way Back: A Novel  a twisty, atmospheric thriller following a mother who must grapple with the revelation of dark secrets when her Instagram-famous teenage daughter mysteriously disappears on a boating trip on Lake Superior.

Mother and daughter Charlie and Eva never sought social media fame, but when a stunning photo of Eva went viral, fame found them. Now, after more than two years documenting life on the road in their vintage Airstream trailer, the duo has temporarily settled on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Eva is happily finishing her senior year of high school and applying to college, but Charlie longs for the adventures they left behind. When Eva goes missing less than a week before her graduation, it’s Charlie who is immediately suspected of foul play— not just by their fans, but also by the police and the FBI.

As a fight about one more road trip comes to light, and the truth about their relationship is questioned, Charlie realizes the rosy facade they portrayed online hid a complicated and potentially dangerous reality. Now, to clear her name and find out what has happened to her daughter, she’ll have to confront her own role in Eva’s disappearance—and whether she knows her daughter at all.

Timely and propulsive, The Long Way Back is a novel that blazes its own trail, diverging from its presumed path in unexpected ways. Enemies may be much closer to home than Charlie and Eva think, and readers will be “turning pages late into the night and holding [their] breath” (Danielle Girard, USA Today bestselling author) until the jaw-dropping, explosive ending.


About the Author

Nicole Baart is the author of eleven novels, including Everything We Didn’t Say and The Long Way Back. The cofounder of a nonprofit and mother of five, she lives in Iowa with her family.



This event will be moderated by Kali White VanBaale, a Des Moines-area creative writing professor and award-winning author of novels, short stories, essays, and articles.



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