9.27.07, 7 p.m. — Homes, Volk, Stace


Please join PAGE in welcoming the works of
three celebrated writers.

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The Mistress’s Daughter: A Memoir

The heroic A. M. HOMES has been the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, NYFA, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the Benjamin Franklin Award. She’s active on the board of Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Writers Room, PEN, and the president’s council for Poets & Writers.

“I fell in love with [The Mistress’s Daughter] and read it compulsively until the end. It lays bare those questions about our essential selves. How did we become who we are? What elements of inheritance, neglect, accident, and choice gave us our confused identity, our quirky personality, our urges to be wholly loved? As A. M. Homes shows, there are no definitive answers, but in our search for them, we find more important truths.” —Amy Tan


To My Dearest Friends: A Novel


PATRICIA VOLK, a miraculous prose stylist with a “Nobel Prize–winning heart,” is the author of the novels To My Dearest Friends and White Light, the memoir Stuffed, and two collections of short stories, All It Takes and The Yellow Banana. She has published stories, book reviews, and essays in dozens of magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, New York, The New Yorker, Playboy, Redbook, GQ, Parents, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She teaches at the masters program at Bennington and was a weekly columnist for Newsday, and she lives in New York City. Stuffed is currently being adapted for the screen.

“Just on the strength of [To My Dearest Friends], Patricia Volk is more relevant to today’s American culture than a pastrami on rye.” —Jesse Kornbluth

Stuffed is a marvelously evocative portrait of a nearly lost New York sensibility. Reading it made me miss my grandmother and the lunch counters of my childhood. Patricia Volk’s sharp, personal memoir is a celebration of family characters who could inhabit the fictions of Philip Roth or Saul Bellow. And like the very best sort of novel, Stuffed is both hilarious and deeply moving.” —Katharine Weber, author of The Music Lesson and Triangle

“Toward the end of Stuffed, my reading slowed to a crawl. I hated to let go of a single vivid, funny, occasionally misguided, but always big-hearted member of this great New York family. Like the best novelists, Patricia Volk gives us an entire world.” —Frances Kiernan, author of Seeing Mary Plain: A Life of Mary McCarthy


By George: A Novel
(Little, Brown)

WESLEY STACE is also an acclaimed rock musician who records under the name John Wesley Harding. He has released eight solo albums, tours regularly, and has recorded a duet with Bruce Springsteen, as well as having toured as his opening act. His first novel, Misfortune, was shortlisted for the U.K.’s most prestigious literary prizes, including the Booker, Whitbread, and the Orange Broadband Prize.

By George is one of those rare works of fiction with an essential triple helix—it’s funny, it’s clever, and it’s perfectly woven together with story. If writing is how we imagine not being lonely, as Wesley Stace suggests, then his conjuring trick as a writer is that he brings a large crowd along with him. This is a wonderful follow-up to his debut novel, Misfortune.” —Colum McCann, author of Zoli and Dancer

“[A] ripping transsexual romp . . . [that] reads like some inspired collaboration between Charles Dickens and Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar . . . This is a fun book.” —The Washington Post

“As in many cases of cross-dressing, the results are sparkling . . . Poignant and mordantly funny . . . Misfortune augurs a most auspicious debut.” —The Village Voice

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Thursday, September 27, 2007
7:00 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, NYC

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