Thursday, October 1, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
It is with great pleasure that Darien Library welcomes back author, Emily Gray Tedrowe.
Alan Kirk Gray, former Director of Darien Library, will introduce his daughter before she discusses her new book, The Talented Miss Farwell.
"If ever you are looking for a book to provide an escape from your own reality, I heartily recommend Emily Gray Tedrowe’s The Talented Miss Farwell. Becky Farwell is the most sympathetic, art-collecting, money-laundering villain I have ever encountered. She literally bleeds her hometown dry—the empty swimming pools of Pierson are heartbreaking—and yet somehow, and yet somehow, I loved her."
—MARCY DERMANSKY, author of Very Nice
About The Talented Miss Farwell
A piercing character study of one unforgettable female con artist, Emily Gray Tedrowe’s The Talented Miss Farwell is a sophisticated literary thriller set in the world of high-priced art. The titular Miss Farwell is clever, ambitious, and underestimated by everyone around her, making for an electrifying page-turner of greed and obsession, survival and self-invention. And while con stories aren’t new, Tedrowe’s novel is a refreshing and subversive approach, focusing on a single mastermind who uses her brain, not her body, to swindle and succeed in her double life.
The Talented Miss Farwell is as ensnaring as real life cons that have recently captivated public consciousness. Tedrowe dials up the tension from a slow simmer to bubbling boil as readers race from chapter to chapter to discover the fate of Miss Farwell.
Praised as an “elegant novelist” (Kirkus) and “a deeply perceptive observer…of social and moral concerns” (Booklist), Publishers Weekly calls Tedrowe an author that “shows great promise.”
About the Author
Emily Gray Tedrowe is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Talented Miss Farwell, Blue Stars, and Commuters. She earned a PhD in English literature from New York University, and a BA from Princeton University. She has received an Illinois Arts Council award as well as fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. A frequent book reviewer for USA Today as well as other publications, Tedrowe also writes essays, interviews, and short stories.
Emily Gray Tedrowe will be in conversation with Katherine Nintzel, Executive Editor of Custom House, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
This event will take place via Zoom. All registrants will be emailed the link.