CRANFORD—The Cranford and Kenilworth public libraries will partner on a two-part “Meet the Author” series featuring readings by contemporary American authors. Both sessions will be held in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford.
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m., New Jersey author Lauren Grodstein will offer a reading from her recently published novel, “A Friend of the Family.” Set in an affluent New Jersey suburb, “A Friend of the Family” charts the downward trajectory of popular physician Pete Dizinoff as a tangle of relationships and events involving his wife, his college-aged son, his best friend, his best friend’s daughter and one of his patients comes crashing in around him.
Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Elizabeth Strout describes this novel as “a wonderful and compelling read…full of insights and honesty…These people will stay in your head and keep their hands on your heart.” Grodstein will be available for a book signing after the reading, with copies of “A Friend of the Family” available for sale.
Also the author of a collection of stories, “The Best of Animals,” Grodstein’s previous novel, “Reproduction is the Flaw of Love,” was designated as both an Amazon.com “Breakout Book” and a Borders “Original Voices” pick. Her work has been translated into German, Italian and French and she currently teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.
The second “Meet the Author” will be held at the Cranford Community Center on Tuesday evening, Dec. 1, at which time New York author Betsy Carter will read from her latest novel, “The Puzzle King.”
These programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cranford Public Library at 1-908-272-7272 or the Kenilworth Public Library at 1-908-276-2451 or visit the libraries’ websites at www.cranford.com/library or www.kenilworthlibrary.org.
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