Susan Richards Shreve and Elizabeth Strout
Tuesday September 25, 2012
Renowned authors Susan Richards Shreve (You are the Love of My Life) and Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge) came together to read from their books and discuss their writing.
About You Are The Love of My Life:
It is 1973 and Watergate is on everyone’s lips. Lucy Painter is a children’s book illustrator and a single mother of two. She leaves New York and the married father of her children to live in a tightly knit Washington neighborhood in the house where she grew up and where she discovered her father’s suicide. Lucy hopes for a fresh start, but her life is full of secrets: her children know nothing of her father’s death or the identity of their own father. As the new neighbors enter their insular lives, her family’s safety and stability become threatened.
From a writer whose “unique presentation of human experience makes reading a delight,” says Elizabeth Strout, You Are The Love of My Life is a story of how shameleads to secrets, secrets to lies, and how lies stand in the way of human connection.
About Olive Kitteridge:
At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.
As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.
Susan Richards Shreve is the author of fourteen novels, a memoir, and twenty-nine books for children. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a NationalEndowment grant and is cochairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives inWashington, DC.
Elizabeth Strout is the author most recently of the Pultizer Prize winning Olive Kitteridge, which was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of Abide With Me, a Book Sense Pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the L.A. Times Book Award for Fiction and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and also the Orange Prize, in England. She lives in New York City.