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Novel ‘The Possible World’ Considers Hidden Connections

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Courtesy of Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
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When six-year-old Ben arrives in the emergency department of a Rhode Island hospital, the physician who attends to him uses her medical training to try to understand his trauma. But as the boy’s memories start returning, and they don’t seem to be his own, she must expand her understanding of how people are connected and what kind of phenomena might be possible.

As “The Possible World” (Scribner/2018) unfolds, it weaves their stories with that of a 99-year-old woman whose painful past somehow connects them all.

Guest host Anita Rao talks with author Liese O’Halloran Schwarz about her own background as an emergency medicine doctor and about this novel that asks readers to consider what else might be possible. Schwarz reads from the novel at Greensboro’s Central Library at 7 p.m. on August 23 and at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro at 7 p.m. on August 29.

Jennifer Brookland is the American Homefront Project Veterans Reporting Fellow. She covers stories about the military and veterans as well as issues affecting the people and places of North Carolina.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.