Book Club & Author Visit – Love County Library

May 22, 2024

Join the Love County Library for their monthly book club on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:00 PM. Light refreshments will be provided and spirited discussion encouraged. This month’s book will be Emily Habeck’s “Shark Heart: A Love Story”. Author Emily Habeck will be attending this program via Zoom for Q&A and discussion.

For Lewis and Wren, their first year of marriage is also their last. A few weeks after their wedding, Lewis receives a rare diagnosis. He will retain most of his consciousness, memories, and intellect, but his physical body will gradually turn into a great white shark. As Lewis develops the features and impulses of one of the most predatory creatures in the ocean, his complicated artist’s heart struggles to make peace with his unfulfilled dreams. At first, Wren internally resists her husband’s fate. Is there a way for them to be together after Lewis changes? Then, a glimpse of Lewis’s developing carnivorous nature activates long-repressed memories for Wren, whose story vacillates between her childhood living on a houseboat in Oklahoma, her time with her college ex-girlfriend, and her unusual friendship with a woman pregnant with twin birds. Woven throughout this “heart-wringing” novel is the story of Wren’s mother, Angela, who becomes pregnant with Wren at fifteen in an abusive relationship amidst her parents’ crumbling marriage. In the present, all of Wren’s grief eventually collides, and she is forced to make an impossible choice.

Emily Habeck has a BFA in Theater from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts as well as master’s degrees from Vanderbilt Divinity School and Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Habeck’s debut novel Shark Heart was a Book of the Month selection, a New York Times book review editor’s choice, and the #1 Indie Next pick for August 2023. Habeck is from Ardmore, Oklahoma and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For more information, or to pick up your copy today, contact Love County Library at (580) 276-3783 or visit us at 500 South Hwy. 77 in Marietta. The Love County Library is a branch of the Southern Oklahoma Library System. The Southern Oklahoma Library System was named Oklahoma Library of the Year in 2024!