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Joan Frank: Where You’re All Going
May 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDTFree
Joan Frank discusses her new collection of novellas, Where You’re All Going, with Peg Alford Pursell.
Praise for Where You’re All Going
“Joan Frank’s wonderful novellas are funny, edgy, poignant and true. Attuned to the predicaments of the slight-outsider, and of good people struggling to get by, Frank gives us characters dealing with love lost and love sustained, and the small essential intimacies that make up both. Her prose is vivid, her observations sharp, and everywhere music and song animate the conversation. You’ll feel more alive when you read these stories, and hold closer to you the people you cherish.” —Sylvia Brownrigg
“Joan Frank has an uncanny ability to go deeply into character and with the lightest touch show us how divided we humans are in the most complicated matters of the heart. Where You’re All Going is a marvel.” —Ann Packer, NYT best-selling author of The Children’s Crusade
“Every novella in this book is, in part, about music, from jazz to classical to Marvin Gaye. One could practically mark the first novella, ‘staccato’; every paragraph begs to be read aloud, to be heard. The stories are, line after line, brimming with a brisk freshness.” —Aimee Bender
About Where You’re All Going
In her quartet of novellas, Joan Frank invites readers into the inner lives of characters bewildered by love, grief, and inexplicable affinities. A young couple navigates a strange friendship and unexpected pregnancy; a woman recalls the bizarre fallout of her former lover’s fame; a lonely widow is drawn to an arrogant young man; a wealthy spiritual seeker grapples with what wealth cannot affect. Witty and humane, Frank taps the riches of the novella form as she writes of loneliness, friendship, loss, and the filaments of intimacy that connect us through time.