Hood’s “The Obituary Writer” Published

W.W. Norton has published “The Obituary Writer” by Ann Hood (Senior Lecturer, Literary Arts + Studies), to be released March 4, 2013.

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On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways. Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope.

REVIEWS

The Obituary Writer is an engrossing book, drawing you in from page one. I admire this graceful and intimate writer for her literary sleight of hand: you don’t so much read about her characters as you inhabit them. Reading this book, I felt acutely the sadness of loss, the deliciousness of gossip among a group of women friends, the frustration of miscommunication in marriage, the joys of sensuality. Creating such empathy on the part of a reader isn’t easy: Ann Hood just makes it look that way. That’s a gift, and we readers are the lucky recipients.” (Elizabeth Berg author of The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted and Tapestry of Fortunes )

“It is a rare novelist who can summon the creative nerve to plumb the depths of grief, but that’s just what Ann Hood does here with such compassion and grace. The Obituary Writer is an unflinching exploration of loss and the love that somehow remains, one that both wounds and heals. This is a deeply engaging and moving book.” (Andre Dubus III, author of Townie )

 

READINGS

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Albany, NY
NEW YORK STATE WRITERS INSTITUTES
New Library LE 320, University of Albany, SUNY
1400 WAshington Avenue
Albany, NY, 12222

Monday, March 4, 2013
Newport, RI
ISLAND BOOKS
575 East Main Road
Middletown, RI 02842
6:30 PM

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Mystic, CT
BANK SQUARE BOOKS
53 West Maine Street
Mystic, CT, 06355
12:00-1:30 PM Luncheon

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Boston, MA
AWP
More Details To Come

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Watertown, MA
Stellina Restaurant
47 Main Street
Watertown, MA
Talk and discussion of the new book!
Starts at 6:30

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Tuscon, AZ
TUSCON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
More Details To Come

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Washington D.C.
POLITICS AND PROSE
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
7:00 PM

Friday, March 15, 2013
Atlanta, GA
ATLANTA WRITERS CLUB
Georgia Perimeter College
Dunwoody Campus
Dunwoody, GA
1:30 PM

Monday, March 18, 2013
Western MA
ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
6:00 PM Group Meeting
7:00 PM Reading

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
New York, New York
STRAND BOOKSTORE
828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
With Christopher Castellani
7:00-8:15 PM

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
New York, New York
MIXER SERIES
Cakeshop
152 Ludlow Street, bet Rivington and Stanton
New York, NY
7:00-9:00 PM

Thursday, March 21, 2013
New York, New York
PETE’S CANDY STORE
709 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
7:30 PM

Thursday, March 28, 2003
Melrose Public Library
69 West Emerson St
Melrose, Ma
7:30 PM talk, Q&A, book signing, and homemade brownies!

Monday, April 1, 2013
East Providence, RI
WEAVER LIBRARY
41 Grove Avenue
East Providence, RI 02904
More details on exact time to come!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Boston, MA
PORTER SQUARE BOOKS
More details to come!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Portland, ME
PORTLAND BOOKSTORE
USM
96 Falmouth Street
Portland, ME 04104
6:30 PM

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Providence, RI
BOOKS ON THE SQUARE
471 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906
7:00 PM

Saturday, May 11, 2013
North Kingstown, RI
DAVISVILLE FREE LIBRARY
50 Browning Drive
North Kingstown, RI 02852
2:00 PM

Ann Hood, Department of Literary Arts and Studies, News, WW Norton

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