Cuban Missile Crisis subject of September Book Talk Café


Award-winning author Susan Carol McCarthy will kick off the fall season of Book Talk Café with a presentation on her latest novel, “A Place We Knew Well,” Monday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Branch Library.

McCarthy’s third novel, “A Place We Knew Well” delves into the sociological effects of the Cuban Missile Crisis on Americans. The crisis is seen through the eyes of the Avery family, living in College Park, Florida, near an air force base. Seemingly overnight, Wes Avery, a WWII veteran, finds his family unraveling at the seams. His wife, Sarah, spends her time obsessing over the fallout shelter in their home and committing absolutely to her role as the perfect housewife even as she battles her fragile mental state for control. His daughter, Charlotte, is too old to be fed the easy version of what’s going on, both on the national stage and on their family’s personal one, as she stumbles towards discovering an intimate family secret that may have irrevocable consequences.

McCarthy is the author of three novels, as well as the nonfiction book, “Boomers 101: The Definitive Collection.” Her debut novel, “Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands,” was selected by many libraries for their One Book, One Community Reads program, and she is a popular speaker at conferences and libraries.

Book Talk Café is presented by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Library, and is free and open to the public. The author’s books will be available for sale, and light refreshments served. The library is located at 101 Library Blvd. For more information, call (904) 827-6950 or visit