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Vroman's Live - Joanna Hershon, in conversation with Adam Novy, discusses St. Ivo


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Vroman's Live presents Joanna Hershon, in conversation with Adam Novy, on Thursday May 28th at 6pm

This virtual event will take place on Crowdcast. Register ahead of time to save your spot and get an email reminder.


It's the end of summer when we meet Sarah, the end of summer and the middle of her life, the middle of her career (she hopes it's not the end), the middle of her marriage (recently repaired). And despite the years that have passed since she last saw her daughter, she is still very much in the middle of figuring out what happened to Leda, what role she played, and how she will let that loss affect the rest of her life. Enter a mysterious stranger on a train, an older man taking the subway to Brooklyn who sees right into her.Then a mugging, her phone stolen, and with it any last connection to Leda. And then an invitation, friends from the past and a weekend in the country with their new, unexpected baby.

Over the course of three hot September days, the two couples try to reconnect. Events that have been set in motion, circumstances and feelings kept hidden, rise to the surface, forcing each to ask not just how they ended up where they are, but how they ended up who they are.

Unwinding like a suspense novel, Joanna Hershon's St. Ivo is a powerful investigation into the meaning of choice and family, whether we ever know the people closest to us, and how, when someone goes missing from our lives, we can ever let them go. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Joanna Hershon is the author of five novels: St. Ivo (Forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2020), SwimmingThe Outside of AugustThe German Bride and A Dual Inheritance (Ballantine Books).  Her writing has appeared in (among other places) GrantaThe New York TimesOne StoryThe Virginia Quarterly Review, the literary anthologies Brooklyn Was Mine and Freud’s Blind Spot, and was shortlisted for the 2007 O. Henry Prize Stories. She’s an adjunct assistant professor in the Creative Writing department at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their twin sons and daughter.

Adam Novy is the author of a novel, The Avian Gospels. His work has been published in Dossier, The Believer, The Collagist, DENVER QUARTERLY, and American Letters and Commentary

Event date: 
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 6:00pm
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St. Ivo: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374268145
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 14th, 2020
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