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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.


Sonya Lea reading - University Bookstore, Mill Creek

Thursday, August 6 at 7pm

University Bookstore
Mill Creek Town Center
15311 Main St
Mill Creek, WA 98012

“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 - 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.


Jennifer Pashley reading - Powell's City of Books

Thursday, August 27 at 7:30PM

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

“An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family’s secrets and a girl’s determination to take control.’”
—STARRED Kirkus

“Precise. Blunt. Funny. Scary. Bleak. An inviting and well-carved debut.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

Unflinchingly dark and psychologically compelling, Jennifer Pashley’s debut novel is a gritty and mesmerizing tale of a female serial killer harboring dark-rooted family secrets. Rayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town, where everyone knows everything and not enough: All the guys she slept with, but not the ones she loved. The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor’s son, and how the baby died, but not the grief and guilt that consume her. At a motel bar, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a freelance detective on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls, and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line. But when Couper’s investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle’s runaway cousin, Khaki, she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behind. As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path—leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered. 


Jennifer Pashley in conversation with Jodi Angel - Time Tested Books

Wednesday, September 2 at 7PM

Time Tested Books
1114 21st Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

“An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family’s secrets and a girl’s determination to take control.’”
—Starred Kirkus

“Precise. Blunt. Funny. Scary. Bleak. An inviting and well-carved debut.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

Unflinchingly dark and psychologically compelling, Jennifer Pashley’s debut novel is a gritty and mesmerizing tale of a female serial killer harboring dark-rooted family secrets. Rayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town, where everyone knows everything and not enough: All the guys she slept with, but not the ones she loved. The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor’s son, and how the baby died, but not the grief and guilt that consume her. At a motel bar, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a freelance detective on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls, and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line. But when Couper’s investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle’s runaway cousin, Khaki, she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behind. As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path—leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered. 


Sara Jaffe reading - Powell's City of Books

Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30PM

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

“Remarkable. It’s realism, but its realism brushes ever so deftly against the allegorical, making the novel shimmer, part diary, part dream.”
—Maggie Nelson, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning

“Exceptional debut, a heartfelt coming-of-age story. . . .Using spare, precise prose, and with a fresh, strong voice, Jaffe explores Julie’s budding sexuality, her unexpected attraction to Alexis, her awareness of the limitations of friendship, and the angst young women face as they begin to confront adulthood.” —STARRED, Publishers Weekly

“Moving sideways with its weight of secrets, this novel never strikes a false note.” —Kirkus

It’s 1992, and the world is caught up in the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the Balkan Wars, but for fifteen-year-old Julie Winter, the news is noise. In Portland, Oregon, Julie moves through her days in a series of negatives: the skaters she doesn’t think are cute, the trinkets she doesn’t buy at the craft fair, the umbrella she refuses to carry despite the incessant rain. Her family life is routine and restrained, and no one talks about Julie’s older brother, a one-time Olympic-hopeful swimmer who now lives in self-imposed exile in Berlin. Julie has never considered swimming herself, until Alexis, the girls’ swim team captain, tries to recruit her. It’s a dare, and a flirtation—and a chance for Julie to find her brother, or to finally let him go. Anything could happen when her body hits water.


Jennifer Pashley reading - Skylight Books

Friday, September 4 at 7:30PM

Skylight Books 
1818 N. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

“An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family’s secrets and a girl’s determination to take control.’”
—STARRED Kirkus

“Precise. Blunt. Funny. Scary. Bleak. An inviting and well-carved debut.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

Unflinchingly dark and psychologically compelling, Jennifer Pashley’s debut novel is a gritty and mesmerizing tale of a female serial killer harboring dark-rooted family secrets. Rayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town, where everyone knows everything and not enough: All the guys she slept with, but not the ones she loved. The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor’s son, and how the baby died, but not the grief and guilt that consume her. At a motel bar, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a freelance detective on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls, and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line. But when Couper’s investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle’s runaway cousin, Khaki, she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behind. As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path—leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered. 


Jennifer Pashley reading - Ada Books

Friday, September 18 at 7PM

Ada Books
717 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903

“An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family’s secrets and a girl’s determination to take control.’”
—STARRED Kirkus

“Precise. Blunt. Funny. Scary. Bleak. An inviting and well-carved debut.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master

Unflinchingly dark and psychologically compelling, Jennifer Pashley’s debut novel is a gritty and mesmerizing tale of a female serial killer harboring dark-rooted family secrets. Rayelle Reed can’t escape in her small town, where everyone knows everything and not enough: All the guys she slept with, but not the ones she loved. The baby she had out of wedlock with the pastor’s son, and how the baby died, but not the grief and guilt that consume her. At a motel bar, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a freelance detective on a mission to investigate a rash of missing girls, and she tags along as an excuse to cross the state line. But when Couper’s investigation leads them to the mystery surrounding Rayelle’s runaway cousin, Khaki, she finds she is heading straight back into everything she was hoping to leave behind. As fates become entwined, Rayelle must follow a haunted and twisted path—leading her toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, memories uncovered, and family bonds shattered.