An Evening with Anna Quindlen
Who: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling novelist Anna Quindlen.
What: Discussing her powerful and thought-provoking new novel, Alternate Side. A book siging will follow.
When: Thursday, 5 April 2018 at 7 PM.
How much: $11 ($10 will be applied to your purchase of Alternate Side). Tickets can be purchased HERE.
Where: Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville.
Why you should care: By New York City standards, or anyplace else for that matter, Nora and Charlie Nolan lead a charmed existence. Their vintage townhome has appreciated in value; their twin son and daughter are doing well in college; and they each are employed in fiscally, if not emotionally, satisfying jobs. Their dead-end street is populated by an eclectic but mostly homogeneous group of professionals and stay-at-homes, millennials and matrons, housekeepers and handymen. Some neighbors are barely tolerated as casual acquaintances, while others are friends and all turn out for Christmas parties and summer barbecues. Then one day, their idyllic setting is shattered when Jack Fisk, one of their more volatile neighbors, violently attacks Ricky, their beloved jack-of-all-trades caretaker. In retrospect, it would seem to Nora that with each impact of Jack's golf club on Ricky's body, another fissure splintered the Nolans' carefully constructed world. The quotidian lives of Manhattanites have long fascinated discerning writers, from Wharton to McInerney, and with her ninth novel, best-selling Quindlen (Miller's Valley, 2016) takes her place within this pantheon. Though she writes with a deceptive casualness about dashed dreams and squandered hopes, Quindlen's quietly precise evaluation of intertwined lives evinces a keen understanding of and appreciation for universal human frailties. Complex themes and clever motifs make this eminently suitable for book groups.
All of us here at Rakestraw Books are wildly excited for this special evening. It's an honor be able to bring Anna Quindlen to Danville. We hope you can join us.
[photo credit: Maria Krovatin]