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 ‘I saw the woman before she died. We were on the same bus, and I can’t get her out of my mind.’ What a wonderfully strange storyline from Amy Roland’s first novel, ‘The Transcriptionist.’ An old school transcriptionist at a major New York newspaper meets a blind woman who breaks into the Bronx Zoo and gets mauled by lions. Surely suicide; but why’d she do it? As the young woman tries to figure out why the stranger she met chose that death, she tries to find her way in her personal and professional life.”

Robert Buschel, author of “By Silent Majority”; he appears at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

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