Fairfield, CT - Joanna Cantor will be at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 (203) 255-7756 on Friday, May 11, 2018 beginning at 7pm on the 2nd floor for a book discussion led by best selling author Emily Liebert of Westport. Addictively readable and appealingly honest, Alternative Remedies for Loss is a dazzling, redemptive novel from debut author Joanna Cantor.
At twenty-two, Olivia Harris finds herself in the scarily open-ended stage of early adulthood while grieving the still- fresh loss of her mother. Her two older brothers are settled, with partners and careers; her father shocks them all when he announces that his new girlfriend will be joining them on a family trip. Olivia feels entirely alone and adrift.
Desperate for a fresh start, Olivia impulsively puts off her final semester of college, nabbing an entry-level job at a New York film production company. Throwing herself headlong into the frenzy and glamour of the Manhattan media world, she navigates demeaning bosses and fends off lecherous older men. With a series of almost-comical missteps, Olivia manages to piece together a temporary life of sorts. But it’s only when she makes a startling discovery about her mother’s past that her immediate future begins to take shape. Clearing out her mother’s things, Olivia discovers two love letters addressed to her mother, signed only with the letter “F.” The mystery of F will take her halfway across the globe, to an ashram in India, on a journey that will reconfigure everything she thought she knew about her family and her own place in the world.
A slyly funny, satisfying coming-of-age novel, Alternative Remedies for Loss is a keenly observed contemplation of what it means to lose a parent and how we fumble our way into our own futures. Joanna Cantor has a wonderful command of suspense, wit, and seamless storytelling. Her exceptional debut will break and mend your heart in an all-consuming, unforgettable read.
Joanna Cantor holds an MFA from Brooklyn College and a BA from Colorado College. She was the 2014 recipient of a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn.
Emily Liebert is the USA Today Bestselling author of Some Women, Those Secrets We Keep,When We Fall, You Knew Me When & Facebook Fairytales. She’s also the Books Correspondent for Westport Magazine and lives in Westport with her husband and their two sons. Her sixth book will hit shelves in 2019.
Copies of Alternative Remedies for Loss will be available for purchase/signing at the downtown Bookstore event. For more events please visit us at www.fairfieldbookstore.com or www.facebook.com/FairfieldUBookstore.