Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.
In the affluent and tranquil town of Old Cranbury, a man strikes an under-the-table deal with a surgeon to spend a few quiet seconds closer to his wife than he's ever been; a young soon-to-be mother looks on in paralyzing astonishment as her husband walks away from a twenty-year career in advertising at the urging of his spirit animal; an elderly artist risks more than he knows when he's commissioned by his newly-arrived neighbors to produce the work of a lifetime. Beneath their dreamy suburban surfaces, none of Acampora’s characters are anything like they appear. Deliciously creepy and masterfully choreographed, The Wonder Garden heralds the arrival of a phenomenal new talent in American fiction.
Advance Praise for The Wonder Garden
“Spooky and fabulous... a cleareyed lens into the strange, human wants of upper-class suburbia.”—Kirkus (STARRED review)
Acampora brilliantly captures the heartaches and delusions of American suburbanites.”—Booklist (STARRED review)
About the Author
Lauren Acampora's fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Antioch Review. Raised in Connecticut, she now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.
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