Kelly Kerney ’02 Reads from Latest Novel, ‘Hard Red Spring’

Kelly Kerney ’02 reads from her latest novel

Bowdoin graduate Kelly Kerney returned to campus Tuesday, Sept. 27, to read from and discuss her most recent novel, Hard Red Spring, published by Penguin Random House. The novel, which is told through the stories of four American women, examines the turbulence of nineteenth-century Guatemala. Spanning one hundred years, the narrative entwines stories of Guatemalan history with American intervention.

When she was a student at Bowdoin, Kerney—an English major—worked closely with the department’s writer-in-residence, Anthony Walton. “I had always wanted to be a writer,” Kerney said. “There was never really a decision.” The exposure to classic and modern literature at Bowdoin further inspired her, she said. After reading popular contemporary literature, Kerney thought: “I could do this.” Read more about Kelly Kerney’s visit.

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