Porter Square Books is happy to welcome playwright Jeannie Zusy for the release of her debut novel, The Frederick Sisters are Living the Dream! “Like all of the best comedies, The Frederick Sisters Are Living the Dream, is not merely funny (though it is very funny), but sad and complex, crushing and uplifting. It reaffirms what we all want so desperately to believe: that kindness matters and love truly does conquer all,” (Julie Langsdorf, author of White Elephant).  Jeannie will be joined in conversation by her literary agent Stephanie Cabot

This event will take place at Porter Square Books: Cambridge Edition on Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm ET. Masks are required for all attendees. RSVP's, while not required, are strongly recommended.

Porter Square Books, Cambridge event. QR code link to event page. Jeannie Zusy: The Frederick Sisters are Living the Dream. Tuesday September 27, 7pm. In conversation with Stephanie Cabot. 25 White St, Cambridge. Author photo of Jeannie, the book cover, and photo of Stephanie.

About the Book

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine meets Early Morning Riser with a dash of Where’d You Go, Bernadette in this very funny, occasionally romantic, and surprisingly moving novel about how one woman’s life is turned upside down when she becomes caregiver to her sister with special needs.

Every family has its fault lines, and when Maggie gets a call from the ER in Maryland where her older sister lives, the cracks start to appear. Ginny, her sugar-loving and diabetic older sister with intellectual disabilities, has overdosed on strawberry Jell-O.

Maggie knows Ginny really can’t live on her own, so she brings her sister and her occasionally vicious dog to live near her in upstate New York. Their other sister, Betsy, is against the idea but as a professional surfer, she is conveniently thousands of miles away.

Thus, Maggie’s life as a caretaker begins. It will take all of her dark humor and patience, already spread thin after a separation, raising two boys, freelancing, and starting a dating life, to deal with Ginny’s diapers, sugar addiction, porn habit, and refusal to cooperate. Add two devoted but feuding immigrant aides and a soon-to-be ex-husband who just won’t go away, and you’ve got a story that will leave you laughing through your tears as you wonder who is actually taking care of whom..


Jeannie Zusy has written several full-length plays, screenplays, short stories, and works of fiction. Her work has been performed off-Broadway and beyond and appeared in McSweeney’sThe Frederick Sisters Are Living the Dream is her first novel.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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ISBN: 9781982185381
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Published: Atria Books - September 20th, 2022


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