ONLINE: J. Courtney Sullivan - "Friends and Strangers" w/ Rumaan Alam

Event date: 
04/29/2021 - 7:00pm

J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Maine and Saints For All Occasions, joins us to celebrate the paperback release of her 2020 bestseller, Friends and Strangers. Courtney will be in conversation with Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty and his latest, Leave the World Behind.

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The best-selling author of Maine and Saints for All Occasions brings us an insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life.

Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly twenty years in New York City. Alone in the house with her infant son all day (and awake with him much of the night), she feels uneasy, adrift. She neglects her work, losing untold hours to her Brooklyn moms’ Facebook group, her “influencer” sister’s Instagram feed, and text messages with the best friend she never sees anymore. Enter Sam, a senior at a local college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit. Sam is struggling to decide between the path she’s always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. In short order, they grow close. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth’s father-in-law, the true differences between the women’s lives become starkly revealed and a betrayal has devastating consequences.



J. Courtney Sullivan is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels Commencement, Maine, The Engagements, and Saints For All Occasions. Her work has been translated into 17 languages. Sullivan’s writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among many others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two children.




Rumaan Alam is the author of Rich and Pretty, That Kind of Mother, and Leave the World Behind. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Elle, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, The Rumpus, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere.




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Friends and Strangers: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525436478
Availability: Coming soon - AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!
Published: Vintage - April 27th, 2021

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Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062667632
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

Saints for All Occasions: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307949806
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2018

The Engagements (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307949226
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Vintage - May 20th, 2014

Maine (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307742216
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2012

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Commencement (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307454966
Availability: Currently out of stock - NOT AVAILABLE TO ORDER
Published: Vintage - May 11th, 2010

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Online through Zoom