Beverly Gologorsky & Jessica Stilling reading from their new novels at Word Up Community Book Shop on January 28th

December 19, 2013 7:00am


December 19th at 7pm
Word Up Community Book Shop
2113 Amsterdam Ave,
New York, NY 10032

Jessica Stilling & Beverly Gologorsky will both be reading from their new novels.

Peter Pan meets The Lovely Bones in Jessica Stilling’s beautifully rendered and emotionally devastating debut novel about where children go when they die. Betwixt and Between follows three intertwining narratives: that of Preston Tumbler, a ten-year-old boy who is poisoned by a neighbor and wakes up in Neverland, where he finds himself—along with a group of other deceased children—under the watchful eye of Peter Pan; Preston’s mother, Claire, in the real world, as she deals with the loss of her son; and a family in Victorian London as they wait for their little girl to awake from a coma, a family whose neighbor happens to be Peter Pan author JM Barrie.

Jessica Stilling received her MFA from City College and her BA from The New School. She has been published in numerous literary journals including Wasafiri, Conclave and The Warwick Review. She has taught righting at SUNY Old Westbury, The City University of New York and The New School. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Ava, Mila, and Rosalyn all work at Murray’s Diner in Long Island. They are friends and coworkers struggling to hold their disordered lives together. While Ava privately grieves the loss of her husband in the first Iraq War, Mila struggles to dissuade her seventeen-year-old daughter from enlisting in the second. Rosalyn works as an escort by night until love and illness conspire to disrupt the tenuous balance she’d found and the past she’d kept at a safe distance. The promise of a new relationship with a coworker soon begins to restore Ava’s faith in her own ability to feel, and Mila learns through wrenching loss that children must learn from their own mistakes. But ultimately it is love–for one another and for their wayward families–that sustains them through the pain and uncertainty of a world with no easy answers. With tender, unadorned prose and a supremely human sympathy for the triumphs and defeats of everyday life, in this long-awaited second novel Beverly Gologorsky delivers a moving and incisive story about loss, friendship, and healing in the shadow of a seemingly endless war.

“Unflinching, piercing, Gologorsky looks straight into the face of class in this country, capturing the reverberations across generations of who really fights our wars, who really serves our coffee, who really gets up in the dark to wipe the diners’ counter clean.” –Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge

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