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Author Signing at Santa Rosa Barnes & Noble


Come meet Melissa Geissinger, author of Nothing Left But Dust, to commemorate the 118th anniversary of the great 1906 earthquake, in her home town of Santa Rosa.

Nothing Left But Dust is a powerful tale of love, loss, and hope set against the backdrop of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Follow Jo, a young woman struggling to heal after her Papa's death, as she tries to break free of her uncle's indentured servitude and secure an apprenticeship at a map-making shop.

And Otto, a privileged young man with dreams of running away to become an artist, as he battles to escape the clutches of a ruthless crimp who means to have him Shanghaied.

When the city is struck by the devastating earthquake on the morning of April 18th, their lives are forever changed. While it sets Otto free, it takes everything Jo holds dear and unearths a dark family secret.

As they traverse the burning ruins of the city in search of answers, Jo and Otto must find the strength to survive and the courage to confront their families, all while navigating the unfamiliar landscape of falling in love.

Nothing Left But Dust is a must-read for fans of young adult historical fiction. It's an edge-of-your-seat coming-of-age survival story that will leave you inspired by the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

Praise for Nothing Left But Dust:

"Historically engrossing . . . A strong young female lead fuels this engaging, action-packed read." — Kirkus Reviews

"Rich debut . . . Geissinger skillfully paints colorful and complex stories for both Jo and Otto, culminating in a sweet but haunting ending." — Booklife Reviews

“Great relationships, both real and fictional, are often formed in great tragedy. Melissa Geissinger's debut novel is a gem, with two compelling and original young heroes finding love in their epic struggle to survive a monstrous catastrophe." — James Dalessandro, author of 1906: A Novel

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