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MARY ADKINS-When You Read This
Monday, March 4 at 7pm
speaking & signing
When You Read This
In conversation with Lucas Schaefer
ABOUT WHEN YOU READ THIS
Iris Massey is gone.
But she’s left something behind.
For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three. Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last wish.
Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’ big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other.
Told in a series of e-mails, blog posts, online therapy submissions, text messages, legal correspondence, home-rental bookings, and other snippets of our virtual lives, When You Read This is a deft, captivating romantic comedy—funny, tragic, surprising, and bittersweet—that candidly reveals how we find new beginnings after loss.
ABOUT MARY ADKINS
Mary Adkins is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and The Atlantic. A native of the American South and a graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School, she lives in New York City with her family. She also teaches storytelling for The Moth.
ABOUT LUCAS SCHAEFER
Lucas Schaefer's fiction has appeared in One Story and CRAFT. He has received a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and has been a recent resident at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods and the Studios of Key West. A former middle school English and history teacher, Lucas lives in Austin, where he is currently at work on a novel.
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