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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

Every Happy Family

with Amy Stuart, Ashley Audrain and Karma Brown
Hosted by Jennifer Whiteford

Every Happy Family

with Amy Stuart, Ashley Audrain and Karma Brown
Hosted by Jennifer Whiteford
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Amy Stuart - Photo by Joey Stuart
Ashley Audrain - Photo by Barbara Stoneham
Karma Brown - Photo by Natalie D'Souza

Join us for a deep dive into the spaces between who we are and how we are seen with three bestselling authors whose thrilling novels explore the distances between the life we perform and our hidden inner selves. 


In Amy Stuart’s tense, spellbinding thriller, A Death at the Party, set over the course of a single day, a woman prepares for a party that goes dreadfully wrong. Nadine—devoted wife, loving mother, and doting daughter—finds herself standing over a dead body in her basement while her guests clink glasses upstairs. What happened? How did it come to this?


The Whispers by Ashley Audrain explores envy, women’s friendships, desire, and the intuitions that we silence. Couples and their children gather for a barbecue as the summer winds down. Everything is fabulous until Whitney, the picture-perfect hostess, explodes in fury because her son disobeys her. Everyone at the party hears her exquisite veneer crack—loud and clear. Before long, that same young boy falls from his bedside window in the middle of the night. And then his mother can only sit by her son’s hospital bed, where his life hangs in the balance.


What Wild Women Do is the latest from Karma Brown the #1 internationally bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife. A 1970s feminist facing the costs of loss and autonomy strives to create a better future for women at her Adirondack camp; meanwhile, an aspiring screenwriter makes a shocking discovery in the present that sets her on a course of rewriting her own story.


Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.


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