Tuesday, November 5th
Local Independent Bookstores (Garden District Book Shop and Octavia Books) join forces and host a joint event!
At the Hotel Peter and Paul, 2317 Burgundy, New Orleans 70117
Doors open at 6PM – Event begins at 7PM
“If I know why he is the way he is then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am,” says Alex Tuchman, strong-headed lawyer, loving mother, and daughter of Victor Tuchman—a power-hungry real estate developer and, by all accounts, a bad man. Now that Victor is on his deathbed, Alex feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who he is and what he did over the course of his life and career. She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tight-lipped mother, Barbra.
As Barbra fends off Alex’s unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous life with Victor. Meanwhile Gary, Alex’s brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary’s wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores around New Orleans and bursting into crying fits. Dysfunction is at its peak. As each family member grapples with Victor’s history, they must figure out a way to move forward—with one another, for themselves, and for the sake of their children.
This book is available in hardcover ($26.00).
In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Now, her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them. But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Klux Klan, a relationship that jeopardizes Josephine's family.
Nearly one hundred years later, Josephine's descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother Martha, a wealthy but lonely woman who pays her grandchild to be her companion. But Martha's behavior soon becomes erratic, then even threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine's converge.
This book is available in hardcover ($25.00).
Celebrate the launch of two key New Orleans novels. Both books are largely set in contemporary New Orleans. The authors will present their books and discuss what it is like to write about this complicated place, among other topics. Jami Attenberg and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton in conversation with Anne Gisleson at the Hotel Peter & Paul to discusses their books, All This Could Be Yours and The Revisioners. Jami and Margaret will sign books afterward. Book sales for All This Could Be Yours will be handled by Garden District Book Shop. All sales for The Revisioners will be handled by Octavia Books.
With support from the New Orleans chapter of the Women's National Books association and the publishers, HMH Books and Counterpoint Press.
If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.