Irresistible Oddballs: New Voices in Fiction

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Thu. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Barnes & Noble

1035 Emmet Street North, Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville, VA 22903


Julia Claiborne Johnson (Be Frank With Me), Rebecca Kauffman (Another Place You’ve Never Been), and Liz Kay (Monsters: A Love Story) discuss their debut novels and the kooky yet lovable characters who inhabit them.

Why should you attend?

“Julia Claiborne Johnson ably conjures a quirky cast and a privileged California world. Be Frank With Me is about being an outsider and the ways in which differences help others see the world in a new way. Like Frank, this offbeat story has a big heart.”—BookPage

“[A] wonderful debut… Watching how these characters intersect is incredibly satisfying. In clear and vivid prose, Kauffman potently depicts lonely and isolated lives, marked by rash decisions made in the hope of finding connection. By the end of the novel, the pieces of the puzzle that is Tracy’s life fit together, her disappointments as much a part of her as her small victories, resulting in an undeniably moving and emotionally true portrayal of the kitchen sink of human experience.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Monsters: A Love Story spins several tales at once—the numbing navigation of grief, the ambivalences of motherhood, and the seduction of a world that thrives on fantasy. Kay’s beautiful, spare prose lands us right in the heart of this complicated, wounded cast. But ultimately, this is a love story, how the meeting of kindred spirits is often as punishing as it is beguiling.”—Rebecca Rotert, author of Last Night at the Blue Angel