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Book Release Party with Patrick Dacey

Please join us on Tuesday, February 16th from 6-8 pm for a book release party and reading by Patrick Dacey, author of the upcoming collection of short stories We've Already Gone This Far. We are all really excited about this book release, and Ward, who got a chance to read it early, says it's one of the best books he has read in a long time. But don't take his word for it. Trust award winning author and Chop Suey favorite George Saunders, who says that Patrick is among his "favorite young American writers." But, really, do trust Ward, because he only wants the best for you.

In Patrick Dacey's stunning debut, we meet longtime neighbors and friends--citizens of working-class Wequaquet--right when the ground beneath their feet has shifted in ways they don't yet understand. Here, after more than a decade of boom and bust, love and pride are closely twinned and dangerously deployed: a lonely woman attacks a memorial to a neighbor's veteran son; a dissatisfied housewife goes overboard with cosmetic surgery on national television; a young father walks away from one of the few jobs left in town, a soldier writes home to a mother who is becoming increasingly unhinged. We've Already Gone This Fartakes us to a town like many towns in America, a place where people are searching for what is now an almost out-of-reach version of the American Dream

Story by story, Dacey draws us into the secret lives of recognizable strangers and reminds us that life's strange intensity and occasional magic is all around us, especially in the everyday. With a skewering insight and real warmth of spirit, Dacey delivers that rare and wonderful thing in American fiction: a deeply-felt, deeply-imagined book about where we've been and how far we have to go.

Later Event: February 18
Sadeqa Johnson Book Release Reading