Local writer Keija Parssinen is something of a fixture on Columbia’s literary scene.
She freelances for regional publications and founded the Quarry Heights Writers' Workshop last year.
Keija was born in Saudi Arabia to second generation expats, so it makes sense that the country would be the setting of her debut novel, The Ruins of Us. The story revolves around the marriage between the American Rosalie and her Saudi husband Abdullah and begins as Rosalie learns Abullah’s taken a second wife.
The Ruins of Us will be released Jan 17. The book's launch party will take place at Orr Street Studios January 28, 7pm.