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Sonya Lea in conversation with Peter Mountford - Hugo House

Thursday, July 9 at 7pm

Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

“Sonya Lea tells her extraordinary story extraordinarily well. Wondering Who You Are is an amazing accomplishment. Every page sparkles with wisdom, candor, insight, and love.”
—Chris Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships 

“Sonya Lea has spun a love story for the ages. I have been searching for a long time for a book that grapples so perfectly with the complications and joys of caring so completely for another. Here it is. Wondering Who You Are is an important contribution to the cannon of illness literature.”
—Christa Parravani, author of Her: A Memoir 

In the twenty-third year of their marriage, Sonya Lea’s husband, Richard, went in for surgery to treat a rare appendix cancer. When he came out, he had no recollection of their life together: how they met, their wedding day, the births of their two children. All of it was gone, along with the rockier parts of their past—her drinking, his anger. Who he’d been, no longer was. Wondering Who You Are braids the story of Sonya and Richard’s relationship, those memories that he could no longer conjure, with those fateful days in the hospital—the internal bleeding and resultant lack of oxygen, the near-death experience and eventual traumatic brain injury. It follows the couple through his recovery as they struggle with his treatment, and through a marriage no longer grounded on decades of shared experience. As they build a fresh life together, as Richard develops a new personality, Sonya is forced to question her own assumptions and desires, her place in the marriage and her way of being in the world. With radical candor and honesty, Sonya Lea has written a memoir that is both a powerful look at perseverance in the face of trauma, and a surprising exploration into what lies beyond our fragile identities.


Sonya Lea reading - The Belmont Library with Books Inc.

Saturday, July 11 at 10:30am

The Belmont Library
1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002

“Sonya Lea tells her extraordinary story extraordinarily well. Wondering Who You Are is an amazing accomplishment. Every page sparkles with wisdom, candor, insight, and love.”
—Chris Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships 

“Sonya Lea has spun a love story for the ages. I have been searching for a long time for a book that grapples so perfectly with the complications and joys of caring so completely for another. Here it is. Wondering Who You Are is an important contribution to the cannon of illness literature.”
—Christa Parravani, author of Her: A Memoir 

In the twenty-third year of their marriage, Sonya Lea’s husband, Richard, went in for surgery to treat a rare appendix cancer. When he came out, he had no recollection of their life together: how they met, their wedding day, the births of their two children. All of it was gone, along with the rockier parts of their past—her drinking, his anger. Who he’d been, no longer was. Wondering Who You Are braids the story of Sonya and Richard’s relationship, those memories that he could no longer conjure, with those fateful days in the hospital—the internal bleeding and resultant lack of oxygen, the near-death experience and eventual traumatic brain injury. It follows the couple through his recovery as they struggle with his treatment, and through a marriage no longer grounded on decades of shared experience. As they build a fresh life together, as Richard develops a new personality, Sonya is forced to question her own assumptions and desires, her place in the marriage and her way of being in the world. With radical candor and honesty, Sonya Lea has written a memoir that is both a powerful look at perseverance in the face of trauma, and a surprising exploration into what lies beyond our fragile identities.


Sonya Lea reading - Books Inc. Berkeley

Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm

Books Inc. Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Avenue
BerkeleyCA 94709

“Sonya Lea tells her extraordinary story extraordinarily well. Wondering Who You Are is an amazing accomplishment. Every page sparkles with wisdom, candor, insight, and love.”
—Chris Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships 

“Sonya Lea has spun a love story for the ages. I have been searching for a long time for a book that grapples so perfectly with the complications and joys of caring so completely for another. Here it is. Wondering Who You Are is an important contribution to the cannon of illness literature.”
—Christa Parravani, author of Her: A Memoir 

In the twenty-third year of their marriage, Sonya Lea’s husband, Richard, went in for surgery to treat a rare appendix cancer. When he came out, he had no recollection of their life together: how they met, their wedding day, the births of their two children. All of it was gone, along with the rockier parts of their past—her drinking, his anger. Who he’d been, no longer was. Wondering Who You Are braids the story of Sonya and Richard’s relationship, those memories that he could no longer conjure, with those fateful days in the hospital—the internal bleeding and resultant lack of oxygen, the near-death experience and eventual traumatic brain injury. It follows the couple through his recovery as they struggle with his treatment, and through a marriage no longer grounded on decades of shared experience. As they build a fresh life together, as Richard develops a new personality, Sonya is forced to question her own assumptions and desires, her place in the marriage and her way of being in the world. With radical candor and honesty, Sonya Lea has written a memoir that is both a powerful look at perseverance in the face of trauma, and a surprising exploration into what lies beyond our fragile identities.


Glenn Taylor in conversation with Bethanne Patrick - Politics and Prose

Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm

Politics and Prose 
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

“Taylor has written a sprawling, lively, serio-comic mountaineer novel set in his native West Virginia. […] The backwoods humor is somewhat reminiscent of Daniel Woodrell, which includes flatulence jokes and over-the-top bedlam as Taylor closes out his rollicking yarn with poetic justice.”
Publishers Weekly

“Taylor has a gift for language . . . Like Portis’s True Grit, [A Hanging at Cinder Bottom is] an American fable told with literary nuance.”
—Kirkus

The year is 1910. Halley’s Comet has just signaled the end of the world, and Jack Johnson has knocked out the “Great White Hope,” Jim Jeffries. Keystone, West Virginia, is the region’s biggest boomtown, and on a rainy Sunday morning in August, its townspeople are gathered in a red-light district known as Cinder Bottom to witness the first public hanging in over a decade. Abe Baach and Goldie Toothman are at the gallows, awaiting their execution. He’s Keystone’s most famous poker player; she’s the madam of its most infamous brothel. Abe split town seven years prior under suspicion of armed robbery and murder, and has been playing cards up and down the coast, hustling under a variety of pseudonyms, ever since. But when he returns to Keystone to reunite with Goldie and to set the past right, he finds a brother dead and his father’s saloon in shambles—and suspects the same men might be responsible for both. Only then, in facing his family’s past, does the real swindle begin.


Sonya Lea reading - Warwick's

Thursday, July 16 at 7:30pm

Warwick’s
7812 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037

“Sonya Lea tells her extraordinary story extraordinarily well. Wondering Who You Are is an amazing accomplishment. Every page sparkles with wisdom, candor, insight, and love.”
—Chris Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships 

“Sonya Lea has spun a love story for the ages. I have been searching for a long time for a book that grapples so perfectly with the complications and joys of caring so completely for another. Here it is. Wondering Who You Are is an important contribution to the cannon of illness literature.”
—Christa Parravani, author of Her: A Memoir 

In the twenty-third year of their marriage, Sonya Lea’s husband, Richard, went in for surgery to treat a rare appendix cancer. When he came out, he had no recollection of their life together: how they met, their wedding day, the births of their two children. All of it was gone, along with the rockier parts of their past—her drinking, his anger. Who he’d been, no longer was. Wondering Who You Are braids the story of Sonya and Richard’s relationship, those memories that he could no longer conjure, with those fateful days in the hospital—the internal bleeding and resultant lack of oxygen, the near-death experience and eventual traumatic brain injury. It follows the couple through his recovery as they struggle with his treatment, and through a marriage no longer grounded on decades of shared experience. As they build a fresh life together, as Richard develops a new personality, Sonya is forced to question her own assumptions and desires, her place in the marriage and her way of being in the world. With radical candor and honesty, Sonya Lea has written a memoir that is both a powerful look at perseverance in the face of trauma, and a surprising exploration into what lies beyond our fragile identities.


Sonya Lea in conversation with Chris Ryan - Powell's City of Books

Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30pm

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209

“Sonya Lea tells her extraordinary story extraordinarily well. Wondering Who You Are is an amazing accomplishment. Every page sparkles with wisdom, candor, insight, and love.”
—Chris Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships 

“Sonya Lea has spun a love story for the ages. I have been searching for a long time for a book that grapples so perfectly with the complications and joys of caring so completely for another. Here it is. Wondering Who You Are is an important contribution to the cannon of illness literature.”
—Christa Parravani, author of Her: A Memoir 

In the twenty-third year of their marriage, Sonya Lea’s husband, Richard, went in for surgery to treat a rare appendix cancer. When he came out, he had no recollection of their life together: how they met, their wedding day, the births of their two children. All of it was gone, along with the rockier parts of their past—her drinking, his anger. Who he’d been, no longer was. Wondering Who You Are braids the story of Sonya and Richard’s relationship, those memories that he could no longer conjure, with those fateful days in the hospital—the internal bleeding and resultant lack of oxygen, the near-death experience and eventual traumatic brain injury. It follows the couple through his recovery as they struggle with his treatment, and through a marriage no longer grounded on decades of shared experience. As they build a fresh life together, as Richard develops a new personality, Sonya is forced to question her own assumptions and desires, her place in the marriage and her way of being in the world. With radical candor and honesty, Sonya Lea has written a memoir that is both a powerful look at perseverance in the face of trauma, and a surprising exploration into what lies beyond our fragile identities.


Sonya Lea reading - Indigo

Saturday, July 25 at 3pm

Indigo
1025 Marine Drive
North Vancouver, BC V7P 1S6, Canada

“Sonya Lea tells her extraordinary story extraordinarily well. Wondering Who You Are is an amazing accomplishment. Every page sparkles with wisdom, candor, insight, and love.”
—Chris Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships 

“Sonya Lea has spun a love story for the ages. I have been searching for a long time for a book that grapples so perfectly with the complications and joys of caring so completely for another. Here it is. Wondering Who You Are is an important contribution to the cannon of illness literature.”
—Christa Parravani, author of Her: A Memoir 

In the twenty-third year of their marriage, Sonya Lea’s husband, Richard, went in for surgery to treat a rare appendix cancer. When he came out, he had no recollection of their life together: how they met, their wedding day, the births of their two children. All of it was gone, along with the rockier parts of their past—her drinking, his anger. Who he’d been, no longer was. Wondering Who You Are braids the story of Sonya and Richard’s relationship, those memories that he could no longer conjure, with those fateful days in the hospital—the internal bleeding and resultant lack of oxygen, the near-death experience and eventual traumatic brain injury. It follows the couple through his recovery as they struggle with his treatment, and through a marriage no longer grounded on decades of shared experience. As they build a fresh life together, as Richard develops a new personality, Sonya is forced to question her own assumptions and desires, her place in the marriage and her way of being in the world. With radical candor and honesty, Sonya Lea has written a memoir that is both a powerful look at perseverance in the face of trauma, and a surprising exploration into what lies beyond our fragile identities.


Nancy Reisman reading - Talking Leaves

Thursday, July 30 at 7PM  

Talking Leaves
951 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222

“An eloquent exploration, from several perspectives, of one family’s life following unimaginable loss.” 
Booklist

“Nancy Reisman’s mesmerizing Trompe l’Oeil is itself a magic trick [...] Carefully charting the contours of absence, in prose as wise as it is beautiful, Reisman shows us that loss is a presence, another way to trick the eye — and the heart.”
—Susan Choi, author of My Education

During a vacation in Rome, the Murphy family experiences a life-altering tragedy. In the immediate aftermath, James, Nora, and their children find solace in their Massachusetts coast home, but as the years pass the weight of the loss disintegrates the increasingly fragile marriage and leaves its mark on each family member. Trompe l’Oeil seamlessly alternates among several characters’ points of view, capturing the details of their daily lives as well as their longing for connection and fear of abandonment. Through the turbulence of marriage, the challenges of parenthood, job upheavals, and calamities large and small, Trompe l’Oeil examines family legacies, the ways those legacies persist, and the ways they might be transcended. Nancy Reisman is a master of psychological acuity, creating characters who are wholly unique and yet express our own longings and anxieties. Trompe l’Oeil haunts not only with its story but also with the beauty of its insight into hopes, desires, and fears.


Nancy Reisman reading - Parnassus Books

Thursday, August 20 at 6:30PM  

Parnassus Books 
3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

“An eloquent exploration, from several perspectives, of one family’s life following unimaginable loss.” 
Booklist

“Genuinely satisfying, heart-shaking novels combine an absolute narrative authority with an apparently effortless style. You question nothing, savor every phrase and nuance, live willingly within their pages from the first word to the last…. ‘Trompe L’Oeil’ is one such book… There’s a bright elasticity to Reisman’s prose that only adds to [the] sense of possibility…. Rendered here, you feel, in startling and almost painterly form is life itself … This novel doesn’t just ‘trompe’ the ‘oeil,’ it reinvents it.” —Julie Myerson, New York Times Book Review

During a vacation in Rome, the Murphy family experiences a life-altering tragedy. In the immediate aftermath, James, Nora, and their children find solace in their Massachusetts coast home, but as the years pass the weight of the loss disintegrates the increasingly fragile marriage and leaves its mark on each family member. Trompe l’Oeil seamlessly alternates among several characters’ points of view, capturing the details of their daily lives as well as their longing for connection and fear of abandonment. Through the turbulence of marriage, the challenges of parenthood, job upheavals, and calamities large and small, Trompe l’Oeil examines family legacies, the ways those legacies persist, and the ways they might be transcended. Nancy Reisman is a master of psychological acuity, creating characters who are wholly unique and yet express our own longings and anxieties. Trompe l’Oeil haunts not only with its story but also with the beauty of its insight into hopes, desires, and fears.