OCEAN HOUSE: Author Series Presents Susannah Marren, Laura Zigman, & Dara Levan

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Join us as Ocean House owner and bestselling author, Deborah Goodrich Royce moderates a conversation with New York Times bestselling authors Susannah Marren, Laura Zigman, and Dara Levan They will be discussing (and signing) their novels, new in paperback. Refreshments will be served, including wine and light bites!

Please note that tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable. A copy of one of the three featured books is included in the cost of the ticket. Copies of all books will be available for purchase at the event.
$45/person (plus tax & service charge)
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book coverAbout Maribelle's Shadow

As the editorial director of Palm Beach Confidential, Maribelle Walker knows what lurks beneath the glittering facade of the moneyed elite on Florida’s most glamorous coast. Or does she?
When her adored and impressive husband, Samuel, dies suddenly the secrets and lies between Maribelle and her sisters rise to the surface. Compounding the anguish, the authenticity of their socially ambitious mother and lavish lifestyle of mansions, privilege and couture clothes is thrown into doubt.
As their carefully constructed image unravels, each sister realizes she must fend for herself. The pathway out is steep and worth any risk. Until the winner takes all.
From a nationally renowned observer of women’s relationships comes Maribelle’s Shadow a compelling tale of deception and family loyalty.

About the Author

Susannah Marren is the author of Between the Tides, A Palm Beach Wife, and A Palm Beach Scandal and the pen name for Susan Shapiro Barash who has written more than a dozen nonfiction books, including Tripping the Prom Queen, You’re Grounded Forever, But First Let’s Go Shopping and A Passion for More: Affairs that Make or Break Us. For over twenty years she taught gender studies in the Writing Department at Marymount Manhattan College and has guest taught creative nonfiction at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.

About Small World

“[A] brave and heartfelt book of truths.”—New York Times Book Review (A Group Text Pick and Editors' Choice)
A Boston.com Book Club Pick!

From bestselling author Laura Zigman comes a heartfelt novel about two offbeat and newly divorced sisters who move in together as adults—and finally reckon with their childhood
A year after her divorce, Joyce is settling into being single again. She likes her job archiving family photos and videos, and she’s developed a secret comforting hobby: trolling the neighborhood social networking site, Small World, for posts that help solve life’s easiest problems. When her older sister, Lydia, also divorced, calls to tell her she’s moving back east from Los Angeles after almost thirty years away, Joyce invites Lydia to move into her Cambridge apartment. Temporarily. Just until she finds a place of her own.
But their unlikely cohabitation—not helped by annoying new neighbors upstairs—turns out to be the post-divorce rebound relationship Joyce hadn’t planned on. Instead of forging the bond she always dreamed of having with Lydia, their relationship frays. And they rarely discuss the loss of their sister, Eleanor, who was significantly disabled and died when she was only ten years old. When new revelations from their family’s history come to light, will those secrets further split them apart, or course correct their connection for the future?
Written with wry humor and keen sensitivity, Small World is a powerful novel of sisterhood and hope—a reminder that sometimes you have to look back in order to move ahead. 

About the Author

Laura Zigman is the author of Separation Anxiety, Animal Husbandry, Dating Big Bird, Her, and Piece of Work. She has been a contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post, and was the recipient of a Yaddo residency. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About It Could Be Worse

"Visceral and moving," (Andra Watkins, New York Times bestselling author), It Could Be Worse is a tale of acceptance and awakening--but not necessarily forgiveness--that reminds us we can choose how our stories end.
Mired in self-doubt and blind loyalty, Allegra Gil suspects her charmed life may be a gilded cage. She has a devoted husband, Benito, two loving children, a thriving therapy practice, and lifelong friends. But when a surprising discovery in a piano bench reveals a shocking family secret, Allegra questions everything she thought she knew about the two people who raised her. Was it true? Did her father, a respected pediatric neurosurgeon, harm instead of heal? And Allegra's mother--how much did she know?
As the past threatens the present, Allegra plays the song of what was, what is, and what may never be in this "powerful and poignant story about letting go" (Jean Meltzer, international bestselling author of The Matzah Ball).
Composed with the cadence of a waltz--up, up, down--through flashbacks to childhood memories in Miami and a music camp in Michigan, It Could Be Worse is a heartwarming, at times heart-wrenching, multigenerational story of a woman supported and embraced by many while shaken to the core by a few. "The gorgeous prose and raw, unflinching narrative both heal and inspire. A stunning debut." (Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of Woman on the Edge)
Dara Levan writes about love, loss, resilience, and how radiance emerges from our breaking points. She's the founder and host of the Every Soul Has a Story podcast and blog. A graduate of Indiana University, Dara is a former pediatric speech-language pathologist who lives in Fort Lauderdale. Learn more at daralevan.com.

About the Author

Dara Levan is the creator and host of Every Soul Has a Story, a podcast in which she interviews inspiring people from around the globe. Her calling to impact others began at the age of twelve in her hometown of North Miami Beach, Florida, when she interviewed the residents of the nursing home where her grandmother lived and wrote their stories. As an undergrad at Indiana University, Dara earned a BA in English and pursued a career in journalism but decided to pivot and returned to South Florida to earn her MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dara stopped practicing speech therapy to return to full-time writing. Actively involved in her community, she is currently a board member of the Community Foundation of Broward and board member of Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation/Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Community Foundation of Broward. Dara served as a board member of the Goodman Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Broward County and Junior Achievement of South Florida. She is also a founding member of the Circle of Friends for the Alvin Sherman Library Research, Information, and Technology Center at Nova Southeastern University. Dara is a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association, Women's National Book Association, and the Authors Guild.

It Could Be Worse By Dara Levan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9798888454190
Availability: Ships to Our Store in 2-8 Days
Published: Regalo Press - March 12th, 2024

“Visceral and moving,” (Andra Watkins, New York Times bestselling author), It Could Be Worse is a tale of acceptance and awakening—but not necessarily forgiveness—that reminds us we can choose how our stories end.

Mired in self-doubt and blind loyalty, Allegra Gil suspects her charmed life may be a gilded cage.


Small World: A Novel By Laura Zigman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063088290
Availability: Currently On Hand In Store
Published: Ecco - January 2nd, 2024

“[A] brave and heartfelt book of truths.”—New York Times Book Review (A Group Text Pick and Editors' Choice)

A Boston.com Book Club Pick!


Maribelle’s Shadow By Susannah Marren Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780825310294
Availability: Currently On Hand In Store
Published: Beaufort Books - June 27th, 2023

The only thing that spreads faster than gossip in Palm Beach is news of a mysterious death.
 
As the editorial director of Palm Beach Confidential, Maribelle Walker knows what lurks beneath the glittering facade of the moneyed elite on Florida’s most glamorous coast.


Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ocean House
1 Bluff Ave
Westerly, RI 02891