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Stacey Lane is an outspoken, complex poet who is struggling to raise two children following the death of her husband. When an A-list Hollywood actor becomes interested in developing her latest book, a feminist retelling of Frankenstein, into a feature film, the two quickly become entangled in a tumultuous love affair. With sharp, witty dialogue, Monsters: A Love Story exposes the heart of a disheveled relationship while examining the many opposing threads - grief, love, parenthood, success, loneliness - that make up our lives. Join us tonight as we are thrilled to host the author Liz Kay who will read, discuss, and sign copies of her inspiring debut novel. She will also be in conversation with Jill Essbaum, the bestselling author of Hausfrau.
ABOUT MONSTERS: A LOVE STORY
Stacey Lane feels like a monster. Tommy DeMarco is one.
Since her husband died eight months ago, Stacey’s been a certified mess—a poet who can’t write anymore, a good mother who feels like she’s failing her kids. She’s been trying to redefine herself, to find new boundaries.
Tommy has no respect for boundaries. A surprisingly well-read, A-list Hollywood star, Tommy’s fallen in love with Stacey’s novel-in-verse—a feminist reimagining of Frankenstein, no less. His passion for the book, and eventually its author, will set their lives on a collision course. They’ll make a movie, make each other crazy, and make love—but only in secret. And all with a vodka—or wine, or scotch—in hand.
As Stacey travels between her humdrum life in the suburbs of Omaha and the glamorous but fleeting escape Tommy provides, what begins as a distracting affair starts to pick up weight. It’s a weight that unbalances Stacey’s already unsteady life but offers new depth to Tommy’s. About desire, love, grief, parenthood, sexual politics, and gender, Monsters: A Love Story is a witty portrait of a relationship gone off the rails, and two people that are made for each other—even if they’re not so sure they see it that way.
ABOUT LIZ KAY
Liz Kay holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. She is a founding editor of Spark Wheel Press and the journal burntdistrict. Her work has appeared in Willow Springs, Nimrod, RHINO, Sugar House Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets anthology. Kay lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and three children
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