Roxana Robinson, author of Leaving, in conversation with Sue Miller

Porter Square Books is delighted to welcome Roxana Robinson for the release of Leaving! Sue Miller will join Robinson in conversation. This event will take place on Thursday, March 7 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).

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What risks would you be willing to take to fall in love again?

“I never thought I’d see you here,” Sarah says. Then she adds, “But I never thought I’d see you anywhere.”

Sarah and Warren’s college love story ended in a single moment. Decades later, when a chance meeting brings them together, a passion ignites—threatening the foundations of the lives they’ve built apart. Since they parted in college, each has married, raised a family, and made a career. When they meet again, Sarah is divorced and living outside New York, while Warren is still married and living in Boston.

Seeing Warren sparks an awakening in Sarah, who feels emotionally alive for the first time in decades. Still, she hesitates to reclaim a chance at love after her painful divorce and years of framing her life around her children and her work. Warren has no such reservations: he wants to leave his marriage but can’t predict how his wife and daughter will react. As their affair intensifies, Sarah and Warren must confront the moral responsibilities of their love for their families and each other.

Leaving charts a passage through loyalty and desire as it builds to a shattering conclusion. In her boldest and most powerful work to date, Roxana Robinson demonstrates her “trademark gifts as an intelligent, sensitive analyst of family life” (Wendy Smith, Chicago Tribune) in an engrossing exploration of the vows we make to one another, the tensile relationships between parents and their children, and what we owe to others and ourselves.

Roxana Robinson is the award-winning author of six novels and three short story collections. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper’s, and other publications. She lives in New York City and Connecticut, spends as much time as she can in Maine, and teaches in the MFA program at Hunter College.

Sue Miller has written a collection of short stories, a memoir about her father and his death, and ten novels, including WHILE I WAS GONE, THE GOOD MOTHER, and THE SENATOR’S WIFE. Her latest, MONOGAMY, came out in 2020. Her work has been widely translated and published, and two films have been made from her fiction. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Yaddo residency, the Carl Sandburg Prize from the Chicago Public Library, the Kate Chopin Prize, and she has been short-listed for a National Book Critics Circle Award and long-listed for The Orange Prize. She was on the Board of PEN New England for ten years, and was its Chair for four. She has taught fiction at Amherst, Bennington, Tufts, Smith, and MIT, among other places. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Leaving: A Novel By Roxana Robinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324065388
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 13th, 2024


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