Brendan Flaherty book signing

Join us for a book signing with Brendan Flaherty during this summer's Shop & Stroll on July 20th. He will be with us from 12:00- 2:00pm signing his new book, The Dredge.

About the book:

In Brendan Flaherty's debut novel, two estranged brothers must confront the violence of the past when they find out a pond where they played as children will be dredged, threatening to reveal a long-hidden secret. After some traumatic teenage years in rural Connecticut, Cale and Ambrose Casey had nothing left to say to each other. Cale ran off to Hawaii to sell luxury real estate. Ambrose stayed behind and built up his construction company. Neither thought they'd be in touch again and were glad for it-until they learned of a real estate developer's plan to drain and expand Gibbs Pond. Nearly thirty years before, the Casey brothers buried a secret in that pond, which fell somewhere between self-defense and family preservation. Lily Roy, the contractor in charge of the dredging, can also trace her roots-and her trauma-to the banks of Gibbs Pond. After a childhood that saw her and her brother yanked across the country by her abusive father, it was here where she finally stayed put, even if they didn't. But as ambitious as Lily is, and as much as she wants answers of her own, her family also has secrets to protect. Now, the haunted lives of Cale, Ambrose, and Lily collide once more as they reunite to unearth the devastation of the past.

About the author:

Brendan Flaherty is from outside Hartford. He went to Washington University in St. Louis, and received his MFA from Boston University. He lives with his wife and two sons. The Dredge is his debut novel.


"Flaherty writes with stealthy acuity, his prose seemingly simple yet full of coiled power. . . . Multiple hauntings emerge in 'The Dredge, ' and you'll be contemplating them after the last page."--Sarah Weinman, The New York Times

"[The Dredge] is deep in characterization and entertaining in its narrative; it makes a very philosophical point about how well we are aware of those we consider ourselves close to and how time changes them." Toni V. Sweeney, New York Journal of Books

"In this accomplished debut mystery, Flaherty revitalizes the familiar trope of old secrets threatening to resurface with sinewy prose and well-tooled suspense. . . .The past and present unfold gradually from the vantage points of Flaherty's well-drawn leads, keeping readers on a knife's edge as the full scope of each character's history clicks into place. Admirers of Eli Cranor's Ozark Dogs will be riveted." --Publishers Weekly

Event date: 
Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Event address: 
178 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801
The Dredge By Brendan Flaherty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802162564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 5th, 2024