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Books are Magic Presents: Alina Grabowski: Women and Children First w/ Sarah Jessica Parker

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$10.89 – $35.93

“I am a big fan of Women and Children First . . . Alina Grabowski is an astute and limber narrative artist and I could read her prose all day long and never grow weary.”—Lorrie Moore, author of A Gate at the Stairs

A gripping literary puzzle that unwinds the private lives of ten women as they confront tragedy in a small Massachusetts town.

Nashquitten, MA, is a decaying coastal enclave that not even tourist season can revive, full of locals who have run the town’s industries for generations. When a young woman dies at a house party, the circumstances around her death suspiciously unclear, the tight-knit community is shaken. As a mother grieves her daughter, a teacher her student, a best friend her confidante, the events around the tragedy become a lightning rod: blame is cast, secrets are buried deeper. Some are left to pick up the pieces, while others turn their backs, and all the while, a truth about that dreadful night begins to emerge.

Told through the eyes of ten local women, Grabowski’s Women and Children First is an exquisite portrait of grief and a powerful reminder of life’s interconnectedness. Touching on womanhood, class, and sexuality, ambition, disappointment, and tragedy, this novel is a stunning rendering of love and loss, and a bracing lesson from a phenomenal new literary talent that no one walks this earth alone.

Alina Grabowski grew up in coastal Massachusetts and holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University. Her writing has appeared in Story, The Masters Review, Joyland, The Adroit Journal, and Day One. She has received scholarships from Aspen Summer Words, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Award-winning actor, entrepreneur, producer, designer Sarah Jessica Parker is the publisher of SJP Lit. Founded in 2022 in partnership with Zando, SJP Lit is a book imprint that publishes thought-provoking, inclusive, and big-hearted stories, of which A Quitter’s Paradise is the inaugural title. An avid, lifelong reader, Parker also served as Editorial Director of SJP for Hogarth, where she published the New York Times bestseller A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza in 2018. Parker has additionally served as the American Library Association’s Honorary Book Club Central Chair, a board member of United for Libraries, and on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under the Obama Administration.


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