Join us for a rousing discussion with author Elizabeth Gonzalez James about her sharp, witty debut novel, Mona at Sea, which has been named a “Most Anticipated Book of 2021” by Apple Books, The Rumpus, Travel & Leisure, women.com, and The Millions and a finalist in the 2019 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards judged by author Carmen Maria Machado!
*Virtually* Tuesday, Aug 3, 7 p.m.
LINK to NPR's Weekend Edition: npr.org/2021/06/27/1010677024/how-millennials-and-the-great-recession-inspired-elizabeth-gonzalez-james-debut-
Mona Mireles, observant to a fault, unflinching in her opinions, and uncompromisingly confident in her professional abilities, is a Millennial perfectionist who fails upwards in the midst of the 2008 economic crisis.
Despite her potential, and her top- of-her-class college degree, Mona finds herself unemployed, living with her parents, and adrift in life and love. Mona's the sort who says exactly the right thing at absolutely the wrong moments, seeing the world through a cynic's eyes. In the financial and social malaise of the early 2000s, Mona walks a knife's edge as she faces down unemployment, underemployment, the complexities of adult relationships, and the downward spiral of her parents' shattering marriage. The more Mona craves perfection and order, the more she is forced to see that it is never attainable. Mona's journey asks the question: When we find what gives our life meaning, will we be ready for it?
Elizabeth Gonzalez James is a smart writer, and the snappy dialogue and quick pacing make this a great read.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Link to purchase MONA AT SEA below.
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