Elizabeth Gonzalez James - In Person Event

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Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with debut author of the charming novel MONA AT SEA, Elizabeth Gonzalez James. MONA AT SEA is a comic novel about a Millennial perfectionist just graduating from college in 2008 in the midst of the economic crisis. This book is getting rave reviews and is one of  BUZZFEED'S "BEST BOOKS OF JUNE". From Jim Gavin, author of MIDDLE MEN, "Elizabeth Gonzalez James writes with a rare combination of wit, style, and heart, and in Mona she has created the perfect hero for navigating all the absurdities and anxieties of contemporary America." During this in-person event, Elizabeth with discuss her book, answer audience questions, and sign copies. Register for the free event below. 

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Mona is a Millennial perfectionist who fails upwards in the midst of the 2008 economic crisis. Despite her potential, and her top-of-her-class college degree, Mona finds herself unemployed, living with her parents, and adrift in life and love. Mona’s the sort who says exactly the right thing at absolutely the wrong moments, seeing the world through a cynic’s eyes. In the financial and social malaise of the early 2000s, Mona walks a knife’s edge as she faces down unemployment, underemployment, the complexities of adult relationships, and the downward spiral of her parents’ shattering marriage. The more Mona craves perfection and order, the more she is forced to see that it is never attainable. Mona’s journey asks the question: When we find what gives our life meaning, will we be ready for it?

Before becoming a writer, Elizabeth Gonzalez James was a waitress, a pollster, an Avon lady, and an opera singer. Her short story, “Cosmic Blues,” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, and her stories and essays have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. She’s attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Writers Workshop, and Lit Camp. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram: @unefemmejames

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781951631017
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - June 30th, 2021

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