Book Title: Pretty Is (Henry Holt and Company)
Date & Time: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016; 11:30 a.m.
Location: NB-2100/2101, Perimeter College, Dunwoody Campus
About Pretty Is: The summer precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were 12 years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in a cabin in the woods for two months by a charismatic stranger. Nearly 20 years later, Lois has become a professor, teaching British literature at a small college in upstate New York, and Carly May [now known as Chloe] is an actress in Los Angeles, drinking too much and struggling to revive her career. When a movie script with a shockingly familiar plot draws the two women together once more, they must face the public exposure of their secret history and confront the dark longings and unspeakable truths that haunt them still. Pretty Is beautifully defies ripped-from-the-headlines crime story expectations and announces the debut of a masterful new storytelling talent.
About Maggie Mitchell: Maggie Mitchell has published short fiction in a number of literary magazines, including the New Ohio Review, American Literary Review, and Green Mountain Review. Originally from upstate New York, Mitchell now lives in Georgia with her husband and cats, where she is also an assistant professor of English at the University of West Georgia. Pretty Is is Mitchell’s first novel. More information about Maggie Mitchell can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
In Maggie’s Own Words: “One thing that interests me about these characters is that they are profoundly connected by their shared memory of their weeks in the cabin—and yet, at the same time, their memories aren’t identical. Intentionally or unconsciously, they have created different narratives of that summer. The novel’s structure arose, in part, from my fascination with the subjectivity of memory: I wanted to juxtapose Lois’s version of events with Chloe’s, and both with Lois’s novel: and I wanted to place all of those narratives, full of partial truths and omissions, on a sort of collision course, and see what happened. . . . Memory is narrative, as selected and distorted as any work of fiction. And yet to a considerable extent we are our memories. Are we fictions, too?”
This reading is free and open to the public. Faculty members from the English department are strongly encouraged to bring their classes. Copies of the novel will be available for sale and signing, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Alicia Johanneson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 678.891.3275. To request disability accommodations at this event, please contact University Events management at email@example.com or 404.413.1377 with your request. Please provide your name and the event name, date, and sponsor when making your request.
The Chattahoochee Review Guest Author Series connects the strong, vibrant, and diverse literary community The Chattahoochee Review has built over the course of its 35-year publishing history to Perimeter College’s EDGE Quality Enhancement Plan. Through the reading series, students have a greater opportunity to engage with real-world writers who can better shape their writing and understanding of literature in all of its forms.