Virginia Pye & Laura van den Berg

Virginia Pye (author of Shelf Life of Happiness) and Laura van den Berg (author of The Third Hotel) will be discussing their works and signing books. 


In these bittersweet, compelling stories, Virginia Pye’s characters long for that most elusive of states: happiness. A young skateboarder reaches across an awesome gap to reconnect with his disapproving father; an elderly painter executes one final, violent gesture to memorialize his work; a newly married writer battles the urge to implode his happy marriage; and a confused young man falls for his best friend’s bride and finally learns to love. In each story, Pye’s characters aim to be better people as they strive for happiness—and some even reap the sweet reward of achieving it.



Shortly after Clare arrives in Havana, Cuba, to attend the annual Festival of New Latin American Cinema, she finds her husband, Richard, standing outside a museum. He’s wearing a white linen suit she’s never seen before, and he’s supposed to be dead. Grief-stricken and baffled, Clare tails Richard, a horror film scholar, through the newly tourist-filled streets of Havana, clocking his every move. As the distinction between reality and fantasy blurs, Clare finds grounding in memories of her childhood in Florida and of her marriage to Richard, revealing her role in his death and reappearance along the way. The Third Hotelis a propulsive, brilliantly shape-shifting novel from an inventive author at the height of her narrative powers.

Event date: 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478

Ticketed Event: 

Shelf Life of Happiness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941209820
Availability: Available now
Published: Press 53 - October 23rd, 2018

In these bittersweet, compelling stories, Virginia Pye's characters in Shelf Life of Happiness long for that most-elusive of states: happiness.

The Third Hotel: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374168353
Availability: Available now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 7th, 2018

"[A] future cult classic." —The New York Times Book Review