Kris D’Agostino on The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac, Lauren Groff on Arcadia, Jami Attenberg on The Middlesteins and Eleanor Brown on The Weird Sisters Sunday, Nov. 18, 2:00 p.m., Room 8303 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
Author(s) and Guest(s)
Kris D’ Agostino
Kris D’Agostino’s debut novel,
The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac (Algonquin, $14.95), brings us Calvin, a disillusioned young man whose fledgling leap from post-adolescence to adulthood lands him back in an already overburdend family nest. “. . .an insatiably readable tale of a family held together with duct tape and string.”— Booklist. Lauren Groff
Lauren Groff’s haunting coming-of-age novel
Arcadia (Voice, $25.99) is set in the pristine and wild forests of western New York in the late 1960s, where several dozen idealists have set out to live off the land in an agrarian, utopian community. The first boy born into the community witnesses the full range of “Arcadia”—from its hopeful, naïve beginnings to its inevitable corruption and downfall. The effective juxtaposition of past and future and Groff’s beautiful prose make this an unforgettable read.”—Starred Booklist. Groff is the author of the bestselling novel The Monsters of Templeton.
Jami Attenberg’s novel
The Middlesteins (Grand Central, $24.99) is an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession. For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together: two children, a nice house in the Chicago suburbs, ample employment, and generous friends. But now things are splintering apart for one reason: Edie’s enormous girth. Edie’s obsessed with food; if she doesn’t stop eating, she won’t have much longer to live. “ The Middlesteins had me from its very first pages.”—Jonathan Franzen. Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, graphic novels, books, television, and urban life for a number of publications, including The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Huffinging Post. Attenberg is also the author of two novels, The Kept Man and The Melting Season.
Eleanor Brown explores the complexity of sisterhood in her debut novel,
The Weird Sisters (Berkley Trade Paperback, $15.00). Three sisters from an eccentric family headed by a Shakespeare professor who delivered parental guidance in iambic pentameter return to their childhood home, supposedly to care for their sick mother, but in truth to escape their own personal disasters. They find acceptance in the quiet of their hometown, in the wisdom of their aging parents, and in each other. “Those who enjoy reading about fraught family relationships, especially among sisters, will find it irresistible.” — The Boston Globe. Schedule
Miami Book Fair International * Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Room 8303 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)