BOOKS AND BUZZ: An Evening of Conversation with authors Liz Michalski and Lindsey Palmer
The May Books and Buzz Author Series celebrates the recent launch of two books written by local authors; Liz Michalski and Lindsey Palmer join us to discuss their journeys in the literary world, their writing process, and, of course, their latest novels, Darling Girl and Reservations for Six. Following their talk, they will answer questions and sign copies of their books.
Darling Girl by Liz Michalski
In this beautiful, grounded, and darkly magical modern-day reimagining of J. M. Barrie’s classic, to save her daughter’s life one woman must take on the infamous Peter Pan—who is not the innocent adventurer the fairy tales make him out to be.
Life is looking up for Holly Darling, granddaughter of Wendy—yes, that Wendy. She’s running a successful skincare company; her son, Jack, is happy and healthy; and the tragedy of her past is well behind her . . . until she gets a call that her daughter, Eden, who has been in a coma for nearly a decade, has gone missing from the estate where she’s been long tucked away. And, worst of all, Holly knows who must be responsible: Peter Pan, who is not only very real, but more dangerous than anyone could imagine.
Eden’s disappearance is a disaster for more reasons than one. She has a rare condition that causes her to age rapidly—ironic, considering her father is the boy who will never grow up—which also makes her blood incredibly valuable. It’s a secret that Holly is desperate to protect, especially from Eden’s half-brother, Jack, who knows nothing about his sister or the crucial role she plays in his life. Holly has no one to turn to—her mother is the only other person in the world who knows that Peter is more than a story, but she refuses to accept that he is not the hero she’s always imagined. Desperate, Holly enlists the help of Christopher Cooke, a notorious ex-soldier, in the hopes of rescuing Eden before it’s too late . . . or she may lose both her children.
Darling Girl brings all the magic of the classic Peter Pan story to the present, while also exploring the dark underpinnings of fairy tales, grief, aging, sacrifice, motherhood, and just how far we will go to protect those we love.
Liz Michalski, a former reporter and editor who lives with her family in Massachusetts, is the author of Evenfall and Darling Girls as well as a contributor to Writer Unboxed and Author in Progress.
Reservations for Six by Lindsey Palmer
An entertaining and insightful page-turner about modern marriage and a tight-knit group of friends navigating their 30s and beyond.
It’s tradition that on everyone’s birthday, the three couples gather to celebrate. They’ve toasted each other’s big life milestones, and been there for each other through loss and disappointment, too. Nathan is the first to turn 40, and when the cake arrives, he makes a shocking announcement. The birthday ritual, and the group of friends, will never be the same again.
Confessions follow, and secrets get revealed. One couple’s crumbling marriage forces the other two couples to reexamine their own marriages, and the fault lines that lurk beneath. Will their bonds be strong enough to survive issues like infidelity, infertility, and waning passion, plus a series of crises that push each relationship to the brink? The answers may prove surprising. A year after Nathan's big declaration, as the group gathers for the year's final birthday celebration, every person and every relationship will be fundamentally changed.
Perfect for fans of Emma Straub, J. Courtney Sullivan, and Rebecca Serle, Reservations for Six is a deeply satisfying novel full of wisdom, humor, and heart. It shines a spotlight on the phase of marriage when the fabric has started to fray, and deftly observes how couples cope, grow, and eventually thrive—together or apart.
Lindsey Palmer recently relocated with her family to Cape Cod where she writes and continues to work as senior editor at BrainPOP, an educational site for kids.