Bank Square Books presents two authors in conversation; Jamie Brenner (The Husband Hour) and Leah DeCesare (Forks, Knives and Spoons). This event is free and open to the public.
About the Books
Lauren Adelman and her high school sweetheart Rory Kincaid are a golden couple. They marry just out of college when Rory, a star hockey player, earns a spot in the NHL. Their future could not look brighter until Rory shocks everyone -- Lauren most of all -- by enlisting in the U.S. Army. When Rory dies in combat, Lauren is left devastated, alone, and under unbearable public scrutiny.
Seeking peace and solitude, Lauren retreats to her family's old beach house on the Jersey Shore. But this summer she's forced to share the house with her overbearing mother and competitive sister. Worse, a stranger making a documentary about Rory tracks her down and convinces her to give him just an hour of her time.
One hour talking to filmmaker Matt Brio eventually turns into late-night phone calls, off-screen confessions, and fireworks on the beach. As the days grow shorter and her grief changes shape, Lauren begins to understand the past - and to welcome the future.
For readers who love Adriana Trigiani, Jennifer Weiner and Liane Moriarty, Forks, Knives, and Spoons is a light-hearted, thought-provoking coming of age story that takes readers on a nostalgic journey back to the 1980s and 1990s. Romantic, witty and warm.
There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is the final lesson that Amy York's father sends her off to college with, never suspecting just how far his daughter will take it. Clinging to the Utensil Classification System as her guide, Amy tries to convince her skeptical roommate, Veronica Warren, of its usefulness as they navigate the heartbreaks and soul mates of college and beyond. Beginning in 1988, their freshman year at Syracuse University, Amy and Veronica meet an assortment of guys--from slotted spoons and shrimp forks to butter knives and sporks--all while trying to learn if the UCS holds true. On the quest to find their perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves--and not to settle in love or life.
About the Authors
Jamie Brenner was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia but has called New York City her home for the past twenty years. She graduated from George Washington University with a degree in literature and spent her career in publishing before becoming an author herself. Her books include The Gin Lovers, The Wedding Sisters and her next novel, The Husband Hour, will publish in April 2018. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
Leah DeCesare is the award-winning author of Forks, Knives and Spoons and the nonfiction parenting series Naked Parenting, based on her work as a doula, early parenting educator, and mom of three.
Leah’s articles have been featured in The Huffington Post, the International Doula and The Key, among others. In 2008, Leah co-founded the nonprofit Doulas of Rhode Island, and in 2013 she spearheaded the Campaign for Hope to build the Kampala Children’s Centre for Hope and Wellness in Uganda. In a past life, Leah worked in public relations and event planning. She now writes, teaches and volunteers in Rhode Island where she lives with her family and their talking cockatiel.
When a young widow's reclusive life in a charming beach town is interrupted by a surprise visitor, she is forced to reckon with dark secrets about her family, her late husband, and the past she tried to leave behind.
2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition Semifinalist
2018 International Book Awards Winner in Fiction: General
2017 IAN Book of the Year Award for Outstanding Women's Fiction
2017 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for New Adult Fiction
2017 NYC Big Book Awards Winner for Women's Fiction
2017 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Winner: Contemporary Fiction