Virtual: Caroline Leavitt with Jenna Blum, With or Without You

Porter Square Books invited you to join us for a virtual talk with Caroline Leavitt, author of With or Without You, in conversation with Jenna Blum! This event takes place on Crowdcast, and is free and open to all.

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New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt writes novels that expertly explore the struggles and conflicts that people face in their search for happiness. For the characters in With or Without You, it seems at first that such happiness can come only at someone else’s expense. Stella is a nurse who has long suppressed her own needs and desires to nurture the dreams of her partner, Simon, the bass player for a rock band that has started to lose its edge. But when Stella gets unexpectedly ill and falls into a coma just as Simon is preparing to fly with his band to Los Angeles for a gig that could revive his career, Simon must learn the meaning of sacrifice, while Stella’s best friend, Libby, a doctor who treats Stella, must also make a difficult choice as the coma wears on.

When Stella at last awakes from her two-month sleep, she emerges into a striking new reality where Simon and Libby have formed an intense bond, and where she discovers that she has acquired a startling artistic talent of her own: the ability to draw portraits of people in which she captures their innermost feelings and desires. Stella’s whole identity, but also her role in her relationships, has been scrambled, and she has the chance to form a new life, one she hadn’t even realized she wanted. A story of love, loyalty, loss, and resilience, With or Without You is a page-turner that asks the question, What do we owe the other people in our lives, and when does the cost become too great?

Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of twelve novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow. Her essays and stories have been included in New York magazine, Psychology Today, More, Parenting, Redbook, and Salon. She’s a book critic for People, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and she teaches writing online at Stanford and UCLA.

Jenna Blum is the New York Times and number one international bestselling author of the novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. Her latest book, The Lost Family, is out now. She was also voted one of the favorite contemporary women writers by readers. Jenna is based in Boston, where she earned her MA from Boston University and has taught fiction and novel workshops for Grub Street Writers for twenty years. For more about Jenna, please visit

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With or Without You: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616207793
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - August 4th, 2020

The Lost Family: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062742179
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 4th, 2019