Adrienne Brodeur "Little Monsters" in Conv w/ Julia Glass "Vigil Harbor" 5/9 - 6pm - Boston Store

East End Books Boston Seaport presents: Adrienne Brodeur "Little Monsters" in Conversation with Julia Glass "Vigil Harbor" 5/9 - 6pm - Boston Store. Adrienne Brodeur is the Executive director of Aspen Words, a literary nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute. Julia Glass is a National Book Award Winner "Three Junes" & a Senior Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College.

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Little Monsters

Ken and Abby Gardner lost their mother when they were small and they have been haunted by her absence ever since. Their father, Adam, a brilliant oceanographer, raised them mostly on his own in his remote home on Cape Cod, where the attachment between Ken and Abby deepened into something complicated--and as adults their relationship is strained. Now, years later, the siblings' lives are still deeply entwined. Ken is a successful businessman with political ambitions and a picture-perfect family and Abby is a talented visual artist who depends on her brother's goodwill, in part because he owns the studio where she lives and works.

 

As the novel opens, Adam is approaching his seventieth birthday, staring down his mortality and fading relevance. He has always managed his bipolar disorder with medication, but he's determined to make one last scientific breakthrough and so he has secretly stopped taking his pills, which he knows will infuriate his children. Meanwhile, Abby and Ken are both harboring secrets of their own, and there is a new person on the periphery of the family--Steph, who doesn't make her connection known. As Adam grows more attuned to the frequencies of the deep sea and less so to the people around him, Ken and Abby each plan the elaborate gifts they will present to their father on his birthday, jostling for primacy in this small family unit.

 

Set in the fraught summer of 2016, Little Monsters is a "smart, page-flipping novel...[with] shades of Succession" ( The Boston Globe) from a writer who knows Cape Cod inside and out--its Edenic lushness and its snakes.

Adrienne Brodeur is the author of the memoir Wild Game, which was selected as a Best Book of the Year by NPR and The Washington Post and is in development as a Netflix film. She founded the literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story with Francis Ford Coppola, and currently serves as executive director of Aspen Words, a literary nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute. She splits her time between Cambridge and Cape Cod, where she lives with her husband and children.

Julia Glass is the author of six previous books of fiction, including the bestselling Three Junes, winner of the National Book Award, and I See You Everywhere, winner of Binghamton University's John Gardner Fiction Book Award. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Glass is a Senior Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College. She lives with her family north of Boston.

 

Event date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
300 Pier 4 Blvd.
Boston, MA 02210
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781982198114
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

Vigil Harbor: A Novel By Julia Glass Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101873588
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Published: Anchor - April 25th, 2023

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