Debut Fiction: Love, Loss, and Family

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Sat. March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Central JMRL Library - McIntire

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Hannah Assadi (Sonora), Taylor Larsen (Stranger, Father, Beloved), and Tom McAllister (The Young Widower’s Handbook) share their excellent debut novels.

Why Should You Attend?

“In Sonora, Hannah Lillith Assadi documents, with lyric ferocity, the agony, love, and bafflement of belonging to a family. A scorching story of youth and the losses and sorrows of growing up estranged.”—Ben Marcus, author of Leaving the Sea

“Larsen makes a noteworthy debut with a family drama that explores loyalty, lies, and well-being… Larsen captures every nuance with finesse, every emotion with grace. An emotionally intelligent family drama that examines the breaking point of a marriage.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Funny, sad, and smart, The Young Widower’s Handbook is a brilliant meditation on love, loss and loneliness. Part wacky road novel, part romantic comedy, Tom McAllister’s debut novel flies along yet reaches deep.” —Stewart O’Nan, author of West of Sunset