Program Type:Author Talks
The Scarsdale Public Library is thrilled to bring you a conversation with Leigh McMullan Abramson, author of A Likely Story, now longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, with a Q&A and book signing to follow. Ms. Abramson will be joined by Katie Sise, also a local novelist and author of The Break, We Were Mothers, and several others. Don't miss this lively literary event!
The only child of a famous American novelist discovers a shocking family secret that upends everything she thought she knew about her parents, her gilded childhood, and her own stalled writing career in this standout debut, perfect for fans of Pineapple Street and The Plot.
“Raw, complex, and utterly unforgettable.” —Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author
Growing up in the nineties in New York City as the only child of famous parents was both a blessing and a curse for Isabelle Manning. Her beautiful society hostess mother, Claire, and New York Times bestselling author father, Ward, were the city’s intellectual It couple. Ward’s glamorous obligations often took him away from Isabelle, but Claire made sure her childhood was always filled with love.
Now an adult, all Isabelle wants is to be a successful writer like her father but after many false starts and the unexpected death of her mother, she faces her upcoming thirty-fifth birthday alone and on the verge of a breakdown. Her anxiety only skyrockets when she uncovers some shocking truths about her parents and begins wondering if everything she knew about her family was all based on an elaborate lie.
About the author
Leigh McMullan Abramson has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, Tablet Magazine and more. She grew up in New York City, the daughter of a children's author and an illustrator. Leigh's parents often collaborated on picture books—many based on Leigh's own childhood experiences. Leigh studied ballet at The School of American Ballet into her teens, but eventually rebelled against her artistic family by going to law school. She practiced law for several years before following her passion for writing. Leigh now lives in New York City and Vermont with her husband and two young children.
Books will be available for purchase and signing afterward, courtesy of Bronx River Books.