Elizabeth Musser is coming home.

The Buckhead native and Westminster graduate, who lives both in Flintstone (just south of Chattanooga) and in France, is returning to Atlanta for a lecture and book signing at the Atlanta History Center Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.

She will promote her newest novel and 12th overall, "When I Close My Eyes." To be published Nov. 5 by Bloomington, Minnesota-based Bethany House Publishing, the book is fictional but deals with a subject Musser personally experienced: depression.

A news release about the book stated it’s "a gripping, artfully composed drama that brings with it unpredictable suspense and heartfelt family devotion in an intricately painted North Carolina setting."

“Fans of women's fiction … will be drawn into this poignant tale of one women's tormented past, which becomes a source of redemption for her, her teenage daughter's desperation for answers (to the question of why someone would want to murder her mother) and a conflicted hitman's search for truth,” the release stated.

Said Musser, "The story surrounds beloved novelist Josephine Bourdillon, who lies in a coma from a failed assassination attempt. The man who shot her, Henry, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, begins reading the author’s thoughts on redemption and grace and developed conflicting thoughts on whether he should finish the job."

In the meantime, Musser said, Josephine’s daughter, Paige, delves into her mother's tormented past as she attempts to find out why someone would want to murder her.

"In this novel, I wanted to delve into the problems with PTSD, depression and mental illness, and see how those mental conditions could be overcome through God's grace and one's faithfulness," she said. "As to why I started this novel and selected this idea, I myself have struggled with depression and I wanted to explore that because it is something we need to be talking about in this country."

Although Musser got the idea for the book while taking a sabbatical from writing while in France in fall 2015, she said she didn't begin actually writing it until last year.

"It is a story about family secrets, regrets and shame and is a book for people who deal with depression and for the people who love them," she said.

The book is $15.99 and available through Amazon.com and in bookstores. Tickets to the center’s lecture and book signing are $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members and free for center Insiders. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2pPl9Dv.


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