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Virtual: Susan Conley, "Landslide" in Conversation with Zibby Owens

Join us for a story of family, disaster, and love

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LandslideAfter a fishing accident leaves her husband hospitalized across the border in Canada, Jill is left to look after her teenage boys—“the wolves”—alone.

Nothing comes easy in their remote corner of Maine: money is tight; her son Sam is getting into more trouble by the day; her eldest, Charlie, is preoccupied with a new girlfriend; and Jill begins to suspect her marriage isn’t as stable as she once believed. As one disaster gives way to the next, she begins to think that it’s not enough to be a caring wife and mother anymore—not enough to show up when needed, to nudge her boys in the right direction, to believe everything will be okay. But how to protect this life she loves, this household, this family?

With remarkable poise and startling beauty, Landslide ushers us into a modern household where, for a family at odds, Instagram posts, sex-positivity talks, and old fishing tales mingle to become a kind of love language. It is a beautiful portrait of a family, as compelling as it is moving, and raises the question of how to remain devoted when the eye of the storm closes in.

ConleySusan Conley grew up in Maine. She is the author of four previous books including Elsey Come Home. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares. She has received multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, as well as from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She has won the Maine Literary Award and the Maine Award for Publishing Excellence. She is a founder of The Telling Room, a youth creative writing center in Portland, Maine, where she lives and teaches on the faculty of the Stonecoast Writing Program.

Zibby Owens is the host of award-winning literary podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books and a new podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time to Lose Weight. Zibby ran an author salon and hosted book fairs pre-pandemic. During lockdown, she hosted two Instagram Live talk shows, Z-IGTV and KZ Time, and started Zibby’s Virtual Book Club. She has appeared on the BBC, CBS This Morning, and many local news outlets. She is a regular contributor to Good Morning America online and to the Washington Post. Zibby was dubbed “NYC’s most important book-fluencer” by Vulture. She currently lives in New York with her husband and four kids.


Landslide Playlist

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Event Date: 
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 7:00pm EST
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Landslide: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657132
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Published: Knopf - February 2nd, 2021