VIRTUAL: Jane Ward Launch, in Conversation With Virginia Pye

Please join us as we celebrate the launch of Jane Ward's new book, In the Aftermath, as she discusses it with author Virginia Pye! Register for this Zoom webinar here.

About In the Aftermath:

When David Herron--overwhelmed and despairing, his family's business and finances in ruin due to the bursting lending bubble of 2008--takes his own life one chilly spring morning, he has no idea the ripple effect his decision will set into motion.


Two years later, his widow, Jules, is now an employee of the bakery she and David used to own--and still full of bitterness over David's lies, perceived cowardice, and ultimate abandonment of her and their now-teenage daughter, Rennie. Rennie, meanwhile, struggles socially at school, resents her work-obsessed mother, and is convinced she's to blame for her father's death.
When Denise, the former police detective who worked (and, due to her own personal struggles at the time, mishandled) David's case, catches sight of Rennie at her sons' school, she's struck by the girl's halo of sadness--and becomes obsessed with attempting to right the wrongs she believes she perpetrated two years ago.


And as all this unfolds in Boston, Daniel, the guilt-ridden young man who, in his old life as a banker, helped create the circumstances that led to David's suicide, continues to punish himself for his sins by living half a life, working odd jobs and bouncing from one US city to another, never staying long enough to make friends or build something lasting. Ultimately, each of these very different people--all of them tied together by one tragic event--must learn in their own way how to say good-bye to the past and move into a brighter future.

JANE WARD is the author of Hunger (Forge 2001) and The Mosaic Artist. She graduated from Simmons College with a degree in English literature and began working almost immediately in the food and hospitality industry: private events planner with Creative Gourmets in Boston, planner of corporate parties at The 95th Restaurant in Chicago, and weekend baker at Quebrada Bakery in Arlington, Massachusetts. She has been a contributing writer for the online regional and seasonal food magazine Local In Season, and a blogger and occasional host of cooking videos for MPN Online, an internet recipe resource affiliated with several newspapers across the country. Although a Massachusetts native, Jane recently settled in Chicago after returning to theUS from Switzerland.

About Shelf Life of Happiness:

In these bittersweet, compelling stories, Virginia Pye's characters in Shelf Life of Happiness 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 case, Pye's characters aim to be better people as they strive for happiness--and some even reap the sweet reward of achieving it.

Shelf Life of Happiness, won the 2019 Independent Publisher Gold Medal award for Short Fiction, and one of the stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Virginia Pye is also the author of two award-winning novels, River of Dust and Dreams of the Red Phoenix. Virginia has taught writing at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently at Grub Street. She grew up in Belmont and now lives with her husband in Cambridge.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 7:00pm

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781647421939
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Published: She Writes Press - September 21st, 2021

When David Herron--overwhelmed and despairing, his family's business and finances in ruin due to the bursting lending bubble of 2008--takes his own life one chilly spring morning, he has no idea the ripple effect his decision will set into motion.


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$21.54
ISBN: 9781941209820
Availability: Available from Warehouse
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.


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