At thirty-eight, the last place sculptress Emily Moon-Bourne ever expected to find herself was at the winning end of a nasty divorce. But when her wealthy husband runs off with a girl half his age, Emily finds herself with an enormous settlement, and at emotional loose ends.
Emily, daughter of a Scandinavian mother and a Cherokee father, is known for only carving things that fly. A terrifying statue of her ex-husband, in the shape of a wasp, sells quickly to an anonymous buyer, and for an exorbitant price.
When a chance encounter sends Emily to Europe in search of that carved wasp, she finds herself wandering the cradle of civilization. As she travels, a series of small events trigger a cascade of memory, all leading to a man’s face she had sketched on a napkin a quarter century earlier. That memory has taken flesh, leading her from Greece to Rome to London to France, in a search for answers about who she is, who she was, and what she’s capable of.
And Then Put Out The Light is a story of self-awareness, self-discovery, the power of understanding our personal history, and how magic and memory can become both allies and enemies.