Helping carry over into 2013 what's been a great run by noteworthy new books by Seattle and Northwest writers is this evening's reading by Seattle writer with her historically-set debut novel, The House Girl (William Morrow). "The House Girl is an enthralling story of identity and social justice told through the eyes of two indomitable women, one a slave and the other a modern-day attorney, determined to define themselves on their own terms." – Hillary Jordan. "Tara Conklin's wise, stirring and assured debut tells the story of two extraordinary women, living a century apart, but joined by their ferocity of spirit. From page one, I fell under the spell of The House Girl's sensuous prose and was frantically turning pages until its thrilling conclusion." – Maria Semple.