For her newest novel, author Paula McLain didn’t just leap from one genre to another — she leaped through time. The author of “Circling the Sun,” “The Paris Wife” and “Love and Ruin,” all historical fiction novels, released her first thriller in 2021 with “When the Stars Go Dark.” Weaving through each of her novels are themes of betrayal, trauma, and, ultimately, a form of redemption. “I’m very interested in trauma and trauma theory,” McLain said. “What is it that gets in? What do we carry, and how does what we carry get communicated without words to people who would do harm to us? That’s interesting to me.” McLain is the keynote speaker at the Love of Literacy Luncheon benefiting the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Related: Golf tournament aids Literacy Coalition She explores the darker side of human consciousness through her writing, an outlet she has turned to since her youth as she grappled with trauma herself. After their mother and then their father abandoned them, McLain and her two sisters entered the foster care system, an experience that inspired McLain’s first book, the memoir, “Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses.” While McLain wrote throughout her youth, that was done for herself and she never shared her writing with anyone, she said. She didn’t take a creative writing class until she was 24 and working in […]

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