Event with Victoria Patterson

On Sunday, September 16 at 4:00 pm, Laguna Beach Books is pleased to welcome local author Victoria Patterson to the store. Victoria will be discussing her latest book, The Secret Habit of Sorrow. There is no charge for this event.

Victoria Patterson, whose writing Vanity Fair has called “brutal, deeply empathetic, and emotionally wrenching,” returns with a new collection of stories that contains echoes of Denis Johnson and Raymond Carver, along with the emotional depth and density of Elena Ferrante.

There’s a pitch-perfect blend of linguistic dexterity, emotional wisdom, and wry observation in The Secret Habit of Sorrow. The characters in these stories feel like people you know, their struggles real. Whether it be the ties between women and their own and each other’s infants, the struggles of parenthood, or the trials that come with excessive drinking and drug abuse, Patterson has an amazing ability to convey relationships, and how our bonds can both save and destroy us.

The Secret Habit of Sorrow has already received many rave reviews, including one from Kirkus:

“Bad choices and addiction are common here, but Patterson’s unfussy prose draws the reader into her complex, sometimes even convoluted relationships… The beating hearts of Patterson’s characters and the directness of her voice make the grim material bearable, sometimes almost hopeful.”–Kirkus

About Victoria Patterson:

Victoria Patterson is the author of the novels The Peerless Four and This Vacant Paradise, a 2011 New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her story collection, Drift, was a finalist for the California Book Award, the 2009 Story Prize, and was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The San Francisco Chronicle. She lives with her family in Southern California and teaches at Antioch University’s Master of Fine Arts program.

Event date: 
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
Laguna Beach Books
1200 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
The Secret Habit of Sorrow: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640090521
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 17th, 2018