Chicago novelist Janice Clark, who grew up in Mystic and returns frequently for family visits, hits town Tuesday on a different mission.
She'll be at Bank Square Books to sign copies of her new novel, "The Rathbones," a gothic New England saga that chronicles 100 years of a once-proud whaling family.
Fifteen-year-old Mercy Rathbone is the scion of clan, which is facing ruin after her father went missing at sea several years before. With her Uncle Mordecai, Marcy sets sail to visit islands off the coast of Connecticut, trying to find out what happened to her dad - and also hopefully to save the family.
Reviews of "The Rathbones" have been universally positive, with heady comparisons to Poe and Melville. Astounding company, that.
- RICK KOSTER
Janice Clark, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Bank Square Books, 53 W. Main Street, Mystic; free; (860) 536-3795, banksquarebooks.com,