Character Counts - 2012 Fall Book Discussion Series
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
Ambitious and richly imagined, this novel begins in 1929 and follows Elsa Emerson from her childhood in Door County, Wisconsin where her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, to the glamour and excess of Hollywood, where she is remade into movie star Laura Lamont. Exploring the power of illusion and the possibility of escape, the expectations placed upon us by others and the identities we create for ourselves, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures is a timeless story of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness, all while remaining true to herself.
Praise for Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures:
"At once iconic and specific, Emma Straub's beautifully observed first novel explores the fraught trajectory of what has become a staple of the American dream: the hunger for stardom and fame. Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures affords an intimate, epic view of how that dream ricochets through one American life." — Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
“Emma Straub is a magician, full of brilliance and surprise.” — Lorrie Moore
Library staff members will lead the discussions.
We have copies of the books available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussions. Join us October 22 for a visit from the author herself, Emma Straub!
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).