Author of 'Charleston' here for release party

Blue Bicycle Books hosts a release party celebrating the publication of Margaret Bradham Thornton's novel "Charleston."

The party is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the store, 420 King St. For more information, call 843-722-2666 or go to bluebicyclebooks.com.

"Charleston," published by Ecco, is Thornton's fiction debut about missed chances and enduring love set against the backdrop of high-society Charleston. It probes the eternal question: Can we ever go home again?

It tells the story of Eliza Poinsett who leaves Charleston to make a life for herself, then returns to face a choice between continuing on the path she's forged or risking everything to be with the man she loves in the city she loves.

The author, a Charleston native, will sign books at the release party. The book costs $25.99.