Event with Janelle Brown

On Thursday, July 13 at 6 pm, Laguna Beach Books is pleased to welcome author Janelle Brown. Janelle will be discussing her new book, Watch Me Disappear.

Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan — a Berkeley mom with an enviable life — went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends.

But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan?

Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth — about Billie, but also about themselves, learning, in the process, about all the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Janelle Brown’s insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page.

About Janelle Brown:

Janelle Brown is the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and This is Where We Live, as well as the upcoming Watch Me Disappear. An essayist and journalist, her writing appears regularly in Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, Wired, Self, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Previously, she spent five years as a senior writer at Salon, covering a diverse range of subjects -- from Internet culture to the war on drugs, pop culture to style, public policy issues and the digital music movement-- and began her career as a staff writer at Wired, working on seminal websites like HotWired and Wired News during the heydey of the dotcom boom. In the 1990s, she was also the editor and co-founder of Maxi, an irreverent (and now, long-gone) women's pop culture magazine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, filmmaker Greg Harrison, and two children.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Laguna Beach Books
1200 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812989465
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 11th, 2017