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Daniel Handler - Bottle Grove

A razor-sharp tale of two couples, two marriages, a bar, and a San Francisco start-up from a best-selling, award-winning novelist.

This is a story about two marriages. Or is it? It begins with a wedding, held in the small San Francisco forest of Bottle Grove--bestowed by a wealthy patron for the public good, back when people did such things. Here is a cross section of lives, a stretch of urban green where ritzy guests, lustful teenagers, drunken revelers, and forest creatures all wait for the sun to go down. The girl in the corner slugging vodka from a cough-syrup bottle is Padgett--she's keeping something secreted in the woods. The couple at the altar are the Nickels--the bride is emphatic about changing her name, as there is plenty about her old life she is ready to forget.

Set in San Francisco as the tech-boom is exploding, Bottle Grove is a sexy, skewering dark comedy about two unions--one forged of love and the other of greed--and about the forces that can drive couples together, into dependence, and then into sinister, even supernatural realms. Add one ominous shape-shifter to the mix, and you get a delightful and strange spectacle: a story of scheming and yearning and foibles and love and what we end up doing for it--and everyone has a secret. Looming over it all is the income disparity between San Francisco's tech community and . . . everyone else.

During his visit to Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 7 PM Daniel Handler will be joined in conversation by poet Matthew Zapruder. And, what could more appropriate for a book set in a bar?, we'll be serving Seelbachs. What's a Seelbach I hear you cry. Find out by clicking on the link below. Make your reservations for this event by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.


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Event date: 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

3 Railroad Ave
Danville, CA 94526
Bottle Grove: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632864277
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 27th, 2019