Live via Zoom:
Wednesday, August 18, 7:30 PM ET
Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett present The Very Nice Box
In conversation with Joshua Henkin
Brooklyn-based co-authors Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman team up to present their offbeat, wryly funny debut novel, The Very Nice Box! Ava designs storage boxes for STÄDA, a slick Brooklyn-based furniture company; she’s hard-working, obsessive, and heartbroken from a tragedy that killed her girlfriend and upended her life. It’s been years since she’s let anyone in. But when Ava’s new boss—the young and magnetic Mat—offers Ava a ride home one afternoon, an unlikely relationship blossoms. Ava remembers how rewarding it can be to open up—and, despite her instincts, she becomes enamored. But Mat isn’t who he claims to be, and the romance takes a sharp turn. A funny, suspenseful story with a shocking twist, The Very Nice Box is at once a send-up of male entitlement and a big-hearted account of grief, friendship, and trust. Gleichman and Blackett are joined in conversation by Joshua Henkin, award-winning author of Swimming Across the Hudson, Matrimony, The World Without You, and, most recently, Morningside Heights!
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For fans of Elinor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Severance: an offbeat, wryly funny debut novel that follows an eccentric product engineer who works for a hip furniture company where sweeping corporate change lands her under the purview of a startlingly charismatic boss who seems determined to get close to her at all costs . . .
“Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman are linguistic magicians, and their sparkling debut manages to expose the hollowness of well-being jargon while exploring, with tender care and precision, how we dare to move on after unspeakable loss . . . [They have] constructed a mirrored fun house, one that leads us down different paths, each masterfully tied up at the end, yet reflecting and refracting our own quirky selves.”
—New York Times Book Review, An Editors' Choice
When Ohio-born Pru Steiner arrives in New York in 1976, she follows in a long tradition of young people determined to take the city by storm. But when she falls in love with and marries Spence Robin, her hotshot young Shakespeare professor, her life takes a turn she couldn’t have anticipated.
“Joshua Henkin is an emotionally generous, deft, witty, and deeply intelligent writer, and his new novel displays these qualities in spades.”
—Priscilla Gillman, The Boston Globe