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Murder Between the Pages is a book club that reads true crime and is curated and coordinated by Amia Wheatley from Noble Library branch. True crime is a powerful genre because it blends deep and devastating human drama with excellent reportage. This combination has produced several modern classics.

This month's discussion on Tuesday, May 12th is at 7 pm and you can participate on Zoom. Contact Amia Wheatley.  awheatle@heightslibrary. org

The Third Rainbow Girl;  The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg is about a 1980 double homicide in West Virginia that still resonates.

"The Third Rainbow Girl is a staggering achievement of reportage, memoir, and
sociological reckoning. We are better for this brilliant, gorgeous, and deeply
humane book."—Carmen Maria Machado


.In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived. For thirteen years, no one was prosecuted for the "Rainbow Murders," though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward. In 1993, a local farmer was convicted, only to be released when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic named Joseph Paul Franklin claimed responsibility. With the passage of time, as the truth seemed to slip away, the investigation itself caused its own traumas-turning neighbor against neighbor and confirming a fear of the violence outsiders have done to this region for centuries.

Emma Copley Eisenberg spent years living in Pocahontas and re-investigating these brutal acts. Using the past and the present, she shows how this mysterious act of violence has loomed over all those affected for generations, shaping their fears, fates, and the stories they tell about themselves. In The Third Rainbow Girl, Eisenberg follows the threads of this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, forming a searing and wide-ranging portrait of America-its divisions of gender and class, and of its violence.

Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer whose work has appeared in Granta, VQR, McSweeney's, Tin House, The Paris Review online, The New Republic, Salon, Slate, and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Lambda Literary, and the New Economy Coalition. Her reporting has been recognized by GLAAD, the New York Association of Black Journalists, the Deadline Club and Longreads' Best Crime Reporting 2017. Eisenberg lives in Philadelphia, where she co-directs Blue Stoop, a community hub for the literary arts.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316449236
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Published: Hachette Books - January 21st, 2020