Writer to discuss debut novel

Callie Wright will be talking about her new novel. — Justin Bishop  photo

Callie Wright will be talking about her new novel.
— Justin Bishop

Don’t miss Vanity Fair’s Callie Wright on July 17 when she will discuss her debut novel, Love All, at Greenwich Library at 7 p.m.

The story begins when the beloved matriarch of the Obermeyer family, Joanie, dies unexpectedly in her sleep, all three generations of the family are, for the first time, living under one roof and quickly encroaching on one another’s fragile orbits.

Eighty-six-year-old Bob Cole is adrift in his daughter’s house without his wife. Anne Obermeyer is increasingly suspicious of her husband, Hugh’s, late nights and missed dinners, and Hugh, the principal of the town’s preschool, is terrified that a scandal at the school will erupt and devastate his life. Fifteen-year-old tennis hopeful Julia is caught in a love triangle with Sam and Carl, her would-be teammates and two best friends, while her brother, Teddy, the star pitcher of Cooperstown High, will soon catch sight of something that will change the family forever.

Publisher’s Weekly said, “…the prose is effortless, and the characters are accessible and genuine, making this a promising debut.” Hanging over the family is the specter of a scandalous book from the 1960s called The Sex Cure, a thinly veiled potboiler that revealed town secrets and left many marriages broken in its wake. When Anne discovers a battered copy underneath her parents’ old mattress, the Obermeyers cannot escape the family secrets that come rushing to the surface.

Ms. Wright is a reporter-researcher at Vanity Fair. She graduated from Yale and earned her MFA at the University of Virginia, where she was a Poe/Faulkner Fellow in Creative Writing and won a Raven Society Fellowship. She is the recipient of a Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and her short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train and The Southern Review. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event through Diane’s Books. This series is free and open to all, but seating in the Meeting Room is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Marianne Weill at 203-622-7933 or visit greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.

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