Bad Mothers Event with Susan Straight & Diana Wagman

Laguna Beach Books is pleased
to welcome authors Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here, and Diana Wagman, author of The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, to
the store. The theme is “Bad Mothers” — both authors will be discussing the
mother characters in their novels, and why they’d be considered bad mothers
even though their children may love them. There is no charge for this event.


In Between Heaven and Here, it is August in
Rio Seco, California,
and the ground is too hard to bury a body. But Glorette Picard is dead, and
across the canal, out in the orange groves, they’ll gather shovels and pickaxes
and soak the dirt until they can lay her coffin down. As the residents of this
dry-creek town prepare to bury their own, it becomes clear that Glorette’s life
and death are deeply entangled with the dark history of the city and the
untouchable beauty that, finally, killed her.


About Susan Straight:

Susan Straight’s
new novel, Between Heaven and Here, is the final book in the Rio Seco
trilogy. Take One Candle Light a Room was named one of the best novels
of 2010 by The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Kirkus,
and A Million Nightingales was a 2006 Finalist for the Los Angeles Times
Book Prize. Her novel Highwire Moon was a Finalist for the 2001 National
Book Award. She has published stories and essays in The New York Times, The
Los Angeles Times
, Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Believer,
Salon, Zoetrope, Black Clock, and elsewhere. She is
Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UC Riverside.

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In The
Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets
, Winnie Parker, mother to an angst-ridden
teenage daughter and ex-wife to a successful game show host who left her for a
twenty-something contestant, begins a normal day in her hum-drum existence by
dropping her car off at the repair shop. After accepting what she believes is a
ride to pick up her rental car, Winnie realizes too late that she's been


About Diana Wagman:

Diana Wagman is the
author of four novels and numerous short stories, essays, and reviews. She is
an occasional contributor to The Los
Angeles Times
. Her second novel, Spontaneous,
won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction. She wrote the original screenplay
for Delivering Milo, directed by Nick
Castle and starring Bridget Fonda and Albert Finney.

Event date: 
Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 9:00am
Event address: 
1200 S Coast Hwy
# 105
92651 Laguna Beach
Between Heaven and Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936365753
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: McSweeney's - September 12th, 2012

The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935439646
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ig Publishing - November 6th, 2012