We are thrilled to welcome first-time novelist (is this really her first novel? Yes!), "America's librarian," and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl to Island Books on Monday, November 13th at 6:30pm to discuss George and Lizzie, her emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.
On Nancy's monthly television show, "Book Lust with Nancy Pearl," she has interviewed authors as diverse as E. L. Doctorow, Elizabeth Strout, Ann Patchett, and Terry Pratchett. Best known for her impeccable book recommendations, how does Nancy feel about writing with her own high standards in mind? What inspired her to take on a work of fiction at this point in her career? How much of George and Lizzie is autobiographical? We plan to ask her the tough questions and can't wait to hear what she has to say.
George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family--his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom--while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.
Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed--George is happy; Lizzie remains...unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie's past resurfaces, she'll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.
With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments.