Book Club Mixer with author Laura Sims

Join us for a Book Club Mixer event with special guest, author Laura Sims, who will discuss and read from her debut novel, Looker

What is a Book Club Mixer? 

There are a lot of book clubs in the area! This event will give members of those various and diverse groups a chance to meet, mingle, and talk books! We know that book club members like nothing more than to find out what other book clubs are reading, what they loved, and (gasp!) what they didn't love! This event is open to anyone currently in a book club, as well as folks just curious to learn about good books. 

Meet Laura Sims

Our special guest for the afternoon will be Laura Sims, who will discuss her debut novel, Looker. Sims has also published four books of poetry, most recently Staying Alive, and is the editor of Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson. She lives outside of New York City with her family.

About Looker

A dazzling, razor-sharp debut novel about a woman whose obsession with the beautiful actress on her block drives her to the edge.

In this taut and thrilling debut, an unraveling woman, unhappily childless and recently separated, becomes fixated on her neighbor—the actress. The unnamed narrator can’t help noticing with wry irony that, though she and the actress live just a few doors apart, a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment lies between them. The actress, a celebrity with her face on the side of every bus, shares a gleaming brownstone with her handsome husband and their three adorable children, while the narrator, working in a dead-end job, lives in a run-down, three-story walk-up with her ex-husband’s cat.

When an interaction with the actress at the annual block party takes a disastrous turn, what began as an innocent preoccupation spirals quickly, and lethally, into a frightening and irretrievable madness. Searing and darkly witty, Looker is enormously entertaining—at once a propulsive Hitchcockian thriller and a fearlessly original portrait of the perils of envy.


*Vogue 's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019" 

*Entertainment Weekly's "One of January's Hottest Reads" 
*Literary Hub's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019" 
*Southern Living's "Best New Books Coming Out Winter 2019"

"Jealousy rears its ugly head in Sims's chilling and riveting debut. In this tightly plotted novel, Sims takes the reader fully into the mind of a woman becoming increasingly unhinged, and turns her emotionally
fraught journey into a provocative tale about the dangers of coveting what belongs to another." 
-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Readers fond of protagonists who profess to guzzling wine at nine a.m. will breeze right through this one's bad decisions, moments of shocking clarity and cruelty, and--no spoilers!--total undoing.
A dark and stylish drama featuring a self-aware yet unstable narrator." 
-- Booklist

"[A] gripping and intense debut . . . . This twisted and tightly coiled tale will define obsession on a new level." 
--Library Journal


"[ Looker] is an ephemeral fiction with a hard landing--like a window, seen in passing, that glows and goes dark." 
--The New Yorker

"Looker is a sugarcoated poison pill of psychological terror, whose wit and fluency cover its lacerating diagnosis of the deranging effects of envy, perhaps the most widespread social sickness of our age.
The novel disturbs because we are all, to some degree, susceptible to the bacillus of the narrator's insanity. And her symptoms may be more recognizable than we care to admit." 
--Wall Street Journal

The Event & Tickets

This event does require an advance ticket purchase. For $35 dollars, you will receive a copy of Looker as well as tea and refreshments. Twelve dollars is the price to attend, with no book provided. 

Event date: 

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Event address: 

Battenkill Books
15 E. Main St.
Cambridge, NY 12816

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