Join us April 13th as we welcome author Alison Hammer for the launch of her new book, LITTLE PIECES OF ME. Alison will be in conversation wi
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
"Hammer’s second novel (after You and Me and Us) explores the true meaning of family in a timely, thought-provoking story of identity and self-discovery." — Library Journal (starred review)
In LITTLE PIECES OF ME, Paige Meyer gets an email from a DNA testing website announcing that her father is a man she never met. She’s convinced there must be a mistake, but as she digs deeper into her mother’s past and her own feelings of being the odd child out growing up, Paige begins to question everything she thought she knew. Could this be why Paige never felt like she fit in her family, and why her mother always seemed to keep her at an arm’s length? And what does it mean for Paige’s memories of her father, a man she idolized and whose death she is still grieving?
Back in 1974, Betsy Kaplan, Paige’s mom, was a straightlaced sophomore at the University of Kansas. When her sweet but boring boyfriend disappoints her, Betsy decides she wants more out of life, and is tired of playing it safe. Enter Andy Abrams, the golden boy on campus with a potentially devastating secret. After their night together has unexpected consequences, Betsy is determined to bury the truth and rebuild a stable life for her unborn child, whatever the cost.
When Paige can’t get answers from her mother, she goes looking for the only other person who was there that night. The more she learns about what happened, the more she sees her unflappable, distant mother as a real person faced with an impossible choice. But will it be enough to mend their broken relationship?
Told in dual timelines, LITTLE PIECES OF ME examines identity and how the way we define ourselves changes (or not) through our life experiences.
ABOUT ALISON HAMMER:
Founder of the Every Damn Day Writers online group, Alison Hammer has been spinning words to tell stories since she learned how to talk. A graduate of the University of Florida and the Creative Circus in Atlanta, she lived in nine cities before settling down in Chicago, where she works as a VP creative director at an advertising agency. You can follow Alison on Twitter (@ThisHammer) and Instagram (@ThisHammer), and learn more at www.alisonhammer.com.
ABOUT KRISTIN HARMEL:
Kristin Harmel is the New York Times, bestselling, USA Today bestselling and #1 international bestselling author of more than a dozen novels including The Book of Lost Names, The Winemaker’s Wife, and The Forest of Vanishing Stars, which will be out July 6. Her books have been translated into 29 languages and are sold all over the world. She is also the cofounder and cohost of the popular web series, Friends & Fiction. She lives in Orlando, Florida.
ABOUT STEPHEN KELLOGG
Stephen Kellogg is is a family guy, storyteller, song chaser, writer, entertainer and musician—in that order. His collection of essays, Objects In The Mirror: Thoughts on a Perfect Life from an Imperfect Person came out last summer.