"Dot & Ralfie" – Amy Hoffman 8/30 @6pm

East End Books Ptown Presents: Amy Hoffman "Dot & Ralfie" Book Event - Tuesday August 30th at 6pm. Help us welcome Amy Hoffman to East End Books Ptown for a waterfront & virtual book event.

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Amy Hoffman is the author of the novel The Off Season and the memoirs Lies about My Family, An Army of

Ex-Lovers, and Hospital Time. Formerly the editor in chief of Women’s Review of Books, she currently teaches writ-ing at Emerson College and in the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program. Her writing has appeared in the

Boston Review, the Gay & Lesbian Review, and other publications.

Can they get through it all and stay together?
“Amy Hoffman creates unforgettable characters, and her

scintillating wit keeps things lively even in the face of the de-
cline that awaits us all.”

—Alison Bechdel, author of The Secret to Superhuman

Dorothy “Dot” Greenbaum and Rafaela “Ralfie” Santopietro
have been together for years, but as they age, their stable lives
begin to show cracks. Ralfie can’t navigate the stairs in their
home after a debilitating knee replacement and Dot’s heart
condition throws into question the viability of their careers,
their housing, and their relationship. In their late sixties with
no kids to lean on, the two women must come to terms with
unforeseen questions of identity, love, and family.
Dot is caring but hides hurtful secrets. Ralfie’s gruffness masks

the physical and emotional pain she endures. Friends and rel-
atives don’t necessarily offer appealing role models for their

third act. Dot’s sister Susan is pushing them toward a stuffy “55
or better” community out in the ’burbs, populated by aging
straights who mistake the butch Ralfie for a frumpy old man.
Eighty-year-old Viola—Dot’s friend and sometime lover—lives
alone and refuses help, even as she experiences a devastating
fall. Rife with Hoffman’s characteristic wit, Dot & Ralfie takes
a hard, sometimes painful look at elder care in the LGBTQ+
community, and the unique struggles that come with getting
older outside of heteronormative structures.

Event date: 
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
389 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
Dot & Ralfie By Amy Hoffman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299333645
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - April 26th, 2022

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