ALIX STRAUSS & SUSAN HENDERSON
Wednesday, December 7th, 7PM
Author ALIX STRAUSS, will speak about and sign her novel, BASED UPON AVAILABILITY.
From the very first page of this stunning novel, readers are drawn into the lives of eight seemingly ordinary women who pass through Manhattan's swanky Four Seasons Hotel. While offering sanctuary to some, solace to others, the hotel captures their darkest moments as they grapple with family, sex, power, love, and death.
Trish obsesses over her best friend's wedding and dramatic weight loss. Robin wants revenge after a lifetime of abuse at the hands of her older sister. Anne is single, lonely, and suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Drug-addicted rock star Louise needs to dry out. Southerner turned wannabe Manhattanite Franny is envious of her neighbors' lives. Sheila wants to punish her boyfriend for returning to his wife. Ellen so desperately wants children that she insists she's pregnant to her disbelieving husband. And Morgan, the hotel manager—haunted by the memory of her dead sister—is the thread that weaves these women's lives together.
"From Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table to Eloise and the Plaza, colorful writing and New York hotels have made for a natural pairing. In her new novel Based Upon Availability, Alix Strauss takes on famed New York lodging the Four Seasons, filling the stories hostelry with colorful women characters who share a common bond—Morgan, the hotel's manager. Morgan may know just a little more than most about what goes on behind closed doors." --New York Post
Author SUSAN HENDERSON, will speak about and sign her novel, UP FROM THE BLUE.
Up from the Blue is the story of a 1970s bi-polar housewife who goes missing and her daughter who won’t give up the search for her. See what people are saying about this debut novel…
"[An] elegant debut… Henderson’s fascinating novel fearlessly examines the complexities of depression, romantic and filial love, and motherhood. Beautiful, funny, sad, and complicated…." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Susan Henderson’s UP FROM THE BLUE deftly portrays a family with contradictions we can all relate to—it’s beautiful and maddening, hopeful and condemning, simple, yet like a knot that takes a lifetime to untangle. This is a book that you will love completely, even as it hurts you. It is a heartbreaking, rewarding story that still haunts me. I absolutely loved this book…gushingly, unequivocally, loved it." —Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET