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Hear from three of the most accomplished, dynamic, and FUNNY female novelists of the day! Bestselling authors Marian Keyes, Gigi Levangie, and Laura Zigman will get lit for lunch and dive into topics such as middle age, motherhood, marriage, global pandemics, and more!
With the world unraveling and readers seeking escape or distraction, Marian Keyes’ writing fits the bill. Her strong female characters, willingness to take on tough social issues, and big-hearted humor has endeared her to millions of readers. Readers Maria Semple and Jennifer Weiner will love the story of The Caseys, a complicated, wise-cracking clan complete with blended families, sibling rivalries, money problems, communication breakdowns, and an addiction or two. The Casey brothers and their spouses and children have long intertwined their lives and like it that way (well, maybe not everyone likes it...). When a freak accident leads to the revelation of some deep family secrets, the Caseys are forced to reckon and decide: Is it time to finally grow up?
GIGI LEVANGIE, Been There, Married That
Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife – she has the right friends, the right clothes, and even a side career of her own as a writer. Her husband Trevor is a bigshot producer, and from the outside it looks like they’re living a picture-perfect celebrity life, complete with tennis tournaments and lavish parties.
But the job description of a Hollywood wife doesn’t cover divorce, which is the way Agnes’ life is headed after she comes home one day to find her credit cards cancelled and the security passwords to get into her enormous LA home changed. Oh, and there’s a guy there whose job it is to tase her if she tries to enter... which she does. Needless to say, Agnes’ husband is dead set on making sure she loses big time, but Agnes isn’t the type to just lie down and take it.
In a world of fremenies and hot nannies, personal psychics and “skinny” jello shots, where therapists look like the Real Housewives of Equinox and friends dispense Xanax like Pez, Agnes may be losing her husband, but could that mean getting her own life back? Been There, Married That is a drop-dead hilarious battle of wills that will make you laugh out loud, cringe, and keep turning the pages to see what crazy disaster will happen to Agnes next... and how she’ll rise from the ashes.
LAURA ZIGMAN, Separation Anxiety
From bestselling author Laura Zigman comes a hilarious novel about a wife and mother whose life is unraveling and the well-intentioned but increasingly disastrous steps she takes to course-correct her relationships, her career, and her belief in herself.
Judy never intended to start wearing the dog. But when she stumbled across her son Teddy’s old baby sling during a halfhearted basement cleaning, something in her snapped. So: the dog went into the sling, Judy felt connected to another living being, and she’s repeated the process every day since.
Life hasn’t gone according to Judy’s plan. Her career as a children’s book author offered a glimpse of success before taking an embarrassing nose dive. Teddy, now a teenager, treats her with some combination of mortification and indifference. Her best friend is dying. And her husband, Gary, has become a pot-addled professional “snackologist” who she can’t afford to divorce. On top of it all, she has a painfully ironic job writing articles for a self-help website—a poor fit for someone seemingly incapable of helping herself.
Wickedly funny and surprisingly tender, Separation Anxiety offers a frank portrait of middle-aged limbo, examining the ebb and flow of life’s most important relationships. Tapping into the insecurities and anxieties that most of us keep under wraps, and with a voice that is at once gleefully irreverent and genuinely touching, Laura Zigman has crafted a new classic for anyone taking fumbling steps toward happiness.
About the authors
Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. Her books have all been bestsellers around the world, with a total of over 30 million sold to date in 33 languages. Her books include: Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel’s Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Mystery of Mercy Close, The Woman Who Stole My Life, and The Break. Anybody Out There won the British Book Awards award for popular fiction and the inaugural Melissa Nathan Prize for Comedy Romance. This Charming Man won the Irish Book Award for popular fiction. Marian’s latest book, Grown Ups, was published in the UK and Ireland in February 2020 and in North America on June 30, 2020.
Gigi Levangie is the author of seven novels, including The Starter Wife, which was adapted for an Emmy award-winning miniseries starring Debra Messing, and Maneater, which was adapted for a Lifetime miniseries starring Sarah Chalke. In addition, Levangie wrote the screenplay for the movie Stepmom, starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Glamour.
Laura Zigman is the author of Animal Husbandry (which was made into the movie, Someone Like You, starring Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd), Dating Big Bird, Piece of Work and Her. She has been a contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, produced a popular online series of animated videos, "Annoying Conversations," and was the recipient of a Yaddo residency. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, son, and deeply human Sheltie.
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