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Utah Lit selection for June: 'If I Can't Have You'

Published May 27, 2014 4:19 pm

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"If I Can't Have You," a true-crime book detailing the 2009 disappearance of West Valley City mom Susan Powell, will be the focus of the Tribune's first live Utah Lit book club conversation. The event will be at 7 p.m. June 25 at the Viridian Event Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan.

The book was written by Washington writers Gregg Olsen, who has written nonfiction and fiction crime books, and Rebecca Morris, a former journalist. Beyond poring over police and court documents, the authors interviewed Powell's Utah friends and family and spent hundreds of hours with her parents in Puyallup, Wash. It's the third, and most comprehensive, of the books so far published about Powell's disappearance.

What sets apart the book are the victim's words, as 16 of the book's 52 chapters open with epigrams from Powell's personal emails.

The Tribune published an interview with the authors and a factual overview of the book on May 18. The book was excerpted in the paper May 18-20.

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If I Can't Have You

Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance and the Murder of Her Children

By Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

St. Martin's Press

Pages • 336

Cost • $26.99

Book club • The book will be the focus of The Tribune's Utah Lit book club discussion Wednesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Viridian Event Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan.