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presenting Monogamy: A Novel in conversation with DANI SHAPIRO
Tickets on sale now (book and signed bookplate included)
Harvard Book Store’s virtual event series welcomes beloved novelist SUE MILLER—author of the bestselling books While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, and Inventing the Abbotts—for a discussion of her latest novel, Monogamy. She will be joined in conversation by writer DANI SHAPIRO, author of the acclaimed, bestselling memoir Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love.
All tickets include a hardcover copy of Monogamy: A Novel with an accompanying bookplate, signed by the author.
Graham and Annie have been married for nearly thirty years. A golden couple, their seemingly effortless devotion has long been the envy of their circle of friends and acquaintances.
Graham is a bookseller, a big, gregarious man with large appetites—curious, eager to please, a lover of life, and the convivial host of frequent, lively parties at his and Annie’s comfortable house in Cambridge. Annie, more reserved and introspective, is a photographer. She is about to have her first gallery show after a six-year lull and is worried that the best years of her career may be behind her. They have two adult children; Lucas, Graham’s son with his first wife, Frieda, works in New York. Annie and Graham’s daughter, Sarah, lives in San Francisco. Though Frieda is an integral part of this far-flung, loving family, Annie feels confident in the knowledge that she is Graham’s last and greatest love.
When Graham suddenly dies—this man whose enormous presence has seemed to dominate their lives together—Annie is lost. What is the point of going on, she wonders, without him?
Then, while she is still mourning him intensely, she discovers that Graham had been unfaithful to her; and she spirals into darkness, wondering if she ever truly knew the man who loved her.
Praise for Monogamy
“Penetrating, intelligent, humane, funny too . . . And although it’s such a sad subject it’s somehow not a downbeat book, too smart and powerfully alive for that” —Tessa Hadley
“I was completely wrapped up in the beautifully, and often so tenderly observed rollercoaster of grief. Oh my goodness with what exquisite truth Sue Miller writes. An invaluably moving book” —Juliet Nicolson
“A robust, character-driven examination of the inner workings of a lengthy marriage . . . The novel is grounded by vibrant prose, vividly portrayed secondary characters, and the resiliency of everlasting love . . . A spectacular, powerful return.” —Publishers Weekly