Douglas Kennedy, author of "Five Days," will be the Darien Library's featured speaker at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.

He is the author of 10 previous novels, including the best-seller "The Moment." His work has been translated into 22 languages, and in 2007 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

"Five Days" follows

42-year-old Laura, who spends her days looking at other people's potential calamities. She works in the radiography unit of a small hospital on the Maine coast, examining frightened patients. In a job where finding nothing is always the best result, she is well versed in the random unfairness of life, a revelation that has started to affect her personally.

Her husband has become a stranger since losing his job and she feels the distance is only growing between them. Her son, a promising artist, is in college and her 17-year-old daughter is set to leave home within the year. Laura begins to wonder if her impending empty nest will only deepen the disconnected state of her marriage.

So when the opportunity arises for her to spend the weekend at a radiography conference in Boston, Laura jumps at the chance. She'll be on her own for 72 hours for the first time since her children were born -- and she revels in her temporary escape.

Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.

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