An Evening with Taffy Brodesser-Akner and Rene Rodriguez

Saturday, July 20 @ 7:00 pm

Books & Books – Coral Gables

265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables , United States

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Books & Books is proud to present an evening with Taffy Brodesser-Akner discussing Long Island Compromise (Random House, $30). She will be in conversation with Rene Rodriguez. An exhilarating novel about one American family, the dark moment that shatters their suburban paradise, and the wild legacy of trauma and inheritance, from the New York Times bestselling author of Fleishman Is in Trouble.

Books will be handed out upon entry.

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Each ticket admits up to two (2) guests into the venue and includes one (1) copy of LONG ISLAND COMPROMISE

About the Book:

An exhilarating novel about one American family, the dark moment that shatters their suburban paradise, and the wild legacy of trauma and inheritance, from the New York Times bestselling author of Fleishman Is in Trouble.

“Were we gangsters? No. But did we know how to start a fire?”

In 1980, a wealthy businessman named Carl Fletcher is kidnapped from his driveway, brutalized, and held for ransom. He is returned to his wife and kids less than a week later, only slightly the worse, and the family moves on with their lives, resuming their prized places in the saga of the American dream, comforted in the realization that though their money may have been what endangered them, it is also what assured them their safety.

But now, nearly forty years later, it’s clear that perhaps nobody ever got over anything, after all. Carl has spent the ensuing years secretly seeking closure to the matter of his kidnapping, while his wife, Ruth, has spent her potential protecting her husband’s emotional health. Their three grown children aren’t doing much better: Nathan’s chronic fear won’t allow him to advance at his law firm; Beamer, a Hollywood screenwriter, will consume anything—substance, foodstuff, women—in order to numb his own perpetual terror; and Jenny has spent her life so bent on proving that she’s not a product of her family’s pathology that she has come to define it. As they hover at the delicate precipice of a different kind of survival, they learn that the family fortune has dwindled to just about nothing, and they must face desperate questions about how much their wealth has played a part in both their lives’ successes and failures.

Long Island Compromise spans the entirety of one family’s history, winding through decades and generations, all the way to the outrageous present, and confronting the mainstays of American Jewish life: tradition, the pursuit of success, the terror of history, fear of the future, old wives’ tales, evil eyes, ambition, achievement, boredom, dybbuks, inheritance, pyramid schemes, right-wing capitalists, beta-blockers, psychics, and the mostly unspoken love and shared experience that unite a family forever.

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About the Author:

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and the New York Times bestselling author of Fleishman Is in Trouble, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is also the creator and executive producer of its Emmy-nominated limited series adaptation for FX. Long Island Compromise is her second novel.

About the Moderator:

Rene Rodriguez worked at the Miami Herald for 33 , including as the paper’s chief movie critic for 25 years. He’s been the paper’s film critic since 1995, and his work has established him as a national authority on cinema. He is currently the director of the Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami.

Details

Date:
Saturday, July 20
Time:
7:00 pm

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Language
English
Occurrence
Annual

Venue

Books & Books – Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables , United States
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