Jessica Shattuck Luncheon

New York Times bestselling author Jessica Shattuck (The Women in the Castle, Perfect Life) joins us for a luncheon event to discuss her new novel, Last House! It's a sweeping story of a nation on the rise, and one family’s deeply complicated relationship to the resource that built their fortune and fueled their greatest tragedy, perfect for fans of The Dutch House and Great Circle

Tickets include a hardcover copy of Last House that Jessica will personalize at the event, and a buffet-style lunch, including wheat-free and vegan options. If you have any allergy concerns, please email kym@anunlikelystory.com.  

PLEASE NOTE: This is a ticketed event. All guests must be registered for a ticket to gain admission to this event. You can register via the eventbrite link below. 

If you're not able to make the event, you can order a signed and personalized copy by clicking on the book below. Add "Signed Copy" and how you'd like the book personalized in the comments section of your order. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:
It’s 1953, and for Nick Taylor, WWII veteran turned company lawyer, oil is the key to the future. He takes the train into the city for work and returns to the peaceful streets of the suburbs and to his wife, Bet, former codebreaker now housewife, and their two children, Katherine and Harry. Nick comes from humble origins but thanks to his work for American Oil, he can provide every comfort for his family, including Last House, a secluded country escape. Deep in the Vermont mountains, the Taylors are free from the stresses of modern life. Bet doesn’t have to worry about the Russian H-bombs that haunt her dreams, and the children roam free in the woods. Last House is a place that could survive the end of the world.

It’s 1968, and America is on the brink of change. Protestors fill the streets to challenge everything from the Vietnam War to racism in the wake of MLK’s shooting—to the country's reliance on Big Oil. As Katherine makes her first forays into adult life, she’s caught up in the current of the time and struggles to reconcile her ideals with the stable and privileged childhood her Greatest Generation parents worked so hard to provide. But when the Movement shifts in a more radical direction, each member of the Taylor family will be forced to reckon with the consequences of the choices they’ve made for the causes they believed in.

Spanning multiple generations and nearly eighty years, Last House tells the story of one American family during an age of grand ideals and even greater downfalls. Set against the backdrop of our nation’s history, this is an emotional tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance and what we owe each other—and captures to stunning effect the gravity of time, the double edge of progress, and the hubris of empire.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jessica Shattuck is the New York Times bestselling author of The Women in the CastleThe Hazards of Good Breeding, a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award; and Perfect Life. Her writing has appeared in the New York TimesThe New YorkerGlamourMother Jones, and Wired, among other publications.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Books: 
Last House: A Novel By Jessica Shattuck Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780062979896
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow - May 14th, 2024

The Women in the Castle: A Novel By Jessica Shattuck Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062563675
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2018