Join us in celebrating the launch of Meg Little Reilly's new book, The Misfortunes of Family.
ABOUT THE BOOK: For three weeks this summer, the four Bright sons and their families are sequestered away in the Berkshires with their parents, retired Senator John Bright and perpetually perfect matriarch, Patty. Beautiful, prideful, competitive, and a bit terrible, JJ, Spenser, Charlie, and Phillip are prepared for the usual petty family dramas that arise from spending too much time with each other. But add a documentary film maker and their father’s possible run for the governorship, and suddenly the family reunion begins to go off the rails.
Slowly secrets begin to spill. Starting with Phillip’s startling and life-changing announcement and snowballs into a series of crises no one could see coming, which might send the reputation of this seemingly perfect all-American family up in flames.
Meg Little Reilly’s knack for exploring morality and ambiguity lurking under the banal creates a timely and thought-provoking narrative about politics, family, and the little secrets that keep loved ones together as much as it tears them apart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Meg Little Reilly is the author of the novels Everything That Follows and We Are Unprepared. She's a radio commentator on Vermont Public Radio, a speechwriter for the President of Bennington College, essayist, and outdoors enthusiast. Prior to writing fiction, Meg worked in national politics and the Obama White House. She holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. from the George Washington University. These days she lives in rural Vermont with her husband and two daughters.
DATE: Tuesday, Feburary 4th at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington
ADMISSION: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank. Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book. Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.
BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.