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JC: Lauren Grodstein presents OUR SHORT HISTORY in conversation with Caroline Leavitt

    04/06/2017 - 7:30pm

    This event takes place in our Jersey City location.

    Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She’s had to be: when Jacob’s father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn’t in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave her intention was to raise their child alone.

    But now Jake is asking to meet his dad, and with good reason: Karen is dying. When she finally calls her ex, she’s shocked to find Dave ecstatic about the son he never knew he had. First, he can’t meet Jake fast enough, and then, he can’t seem to leave him alone.

    With just a few more months to live, Karen resists allowing Dave to insinuate himself into Jake’s life. As she tries to play out her last days in the “right” way, Karen wrestles with the truth that the only thing she cannot bring herself to do for her son--let his father become a permanent part of his life--is the thing he needs from her the most. With heart-wrenching poignancy, unexpected wit, and mordant humor, Lauren Grodstein has created an unforgettable story about parenthood, sacrifice, and life itself.

    About Lauren Grodstein: Lauren Grodstein is the author of four previous works of fiction, including the New York Times bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, which was a Washington Post Best Book Pick, a New York Times Editor's Pick, a BookPage Best Book, and an Indie Next Pick. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Her website is

    About Caroline Leavitt: Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of eleven novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow. Her essays and stories have been included in New York magazine, Psychology Today, More, Parenting, Redbook, and Salon. She,s a book critic for People, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and she teaches writing online at Stanford and UCLA.

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    Our Short History Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781616206222
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    Published: Algonquin Books - March 21st, 2017

    "Lauren Grodstein breaks your heart, then miraculously pieces it back together so it's bigger--and stronger--than before." --Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

    How can a woman learn to let go of the people she loves the most?

    The Explanation for Everything Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781616203818
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    Published: Algonquin Books - May 27th, 2014

    As she did in the bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, Lauren Grodstein has written another provocative morality tale, this time dissecting the permeable line between faith and doubt.

    A Friend of the Family Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781616200176
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    Published: Algonquin Books - November 9th, 2010

    Pete Dizinoff, a skilled and successful New Jersey internist, has a loving and devoted wife, a network of close friends, an impressive house, and, most of all, a son, Alec, now nineteen, on whom he has pinned all his hopes. But Pete hadn't expected his best friend's troubled daughter to set her sights on his boy.

    Cruel Beautiful World Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781616203634
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    Published: Algonquin Books - October 4th, 2016

    "A gorgeous, seductive novel that is also terrifying and pulse-pounding." --Wiley Cash, author of The Dark Road to Mercy

    Is This Tomorrow Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781616200541
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    Published: Algonquin Books - May 7th, 2013

    In 1956, Ava Lark rents a house with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a desirable Boston suburb. Ava is beautiful, divorced, Jewish, and a working mom. She finds her neighbors less than welcoming. Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes missing.

    Pictures of You Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781565126312
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    Published: Algonquin Books - January 25th, 2011

    Two women running away from their marriages collide on a foggy highway, killing one of them. The survivor, Isabelle, is left to pick up the pieces, not only of her own life, but of the lives of the devastated husband and fragile son that the other woman, April, has left behind. Together, they try to solve the mystery of where April was running to, and why.