Kristan Higgins with Saumya Dave

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels, Kristan Higgins, joins us to celebrate her new novel PACK UP THE MOON in conversation with Saumya Dave, resident psychiatrist and author of WHAT A HAPPY FAMILY.  PACK UP THE MOON is a sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and uplifting novel about a woman with a terminal illness who leaves a letter for her husband each month that contains a task to help him face the first year without her. In this novel, Kristan illuminates how life's greatest joys are often hiding in plain sight. We have hosted Kristan at the bookstore several times, and each time she graces our stage it's such a treat for the audience and our booksellers. This time, we are thrilled to introduce Kristan and Saumya to our virtual stage for what is sure to be an unforgettable event. Save your spot in the free event below.

Kristan has kindly signed bookplates for everyone who purchases PACK UP THE MOON from An Unlikely Story, while supplies last.  

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Every month, a letter. That's what Lauren decides to leave her husband when she finds out she's dying. Each month, she gives Josh a letter containing a task to help him face this first year without her, leading him on a heartrending, beautiful, often humorous journey to find happiness again in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins.
Joshua and Lauren are the perfect couple. Newly married, they're wildly in love, each on a successful and rewarding career path. Then Lauren is diagnosed with a terminal illness. 
As Lauren's disease progresses, Joshua struggles to make the most of the time he has left with his wife and to come to terms with his future--a future without the only woman he's ever loved. He's so consumed with finding a way to avoid the inevitable ending that he never imagines his life after Lauren.
But Lauren has a plan to keep her husband moving forward. A plan hidden in the letters she leaves him. In those letters, one for every month in the year after her death, Lauren leads Joshua on a journey through pain, anger, and denial. It's a journey that will take Joshua from his attempt at a dinner party for family and friends to getting rid of their bed...from a visit with a psychic medium to a kiss with a woman who isn't Lauren. As his grief makes room for laughter and new relationships, Joshua learns Lauren's most valuable lesson: The path to happiness doesn't follow a straight line. 
Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, this novel from New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins illuminates how life's greatest joys are often hiding in plain sight.

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, and dogs. If you want to know when Kristan's next book will be out and hear news of her appearances, subscribe to her mailing list at

Event date: 
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Pack Up the Moon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451489487
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - June 8th, 2021

Pack Up the Moon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593335369
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Berkley - June 8th, 2021

What a Happy Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984806178
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - June 22nd, 2021

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