Zoe Fishman-Invisible As Air

Zoe Fishman

Bio

Zoe Fishman, author of five novels, worked in the New York publishing industry for thirteen years. She was recently the Visiting Writer at SCAD Atlanta and currently teaches at Emory Continuing Education and The Decatur Writers Studio, at which she is also the Executive Director. She lives in Decatur with her family.

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Peeling Back the Layers

From, Katherine Center, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about family, hope, and learning to love against all odds. A provocative and powerful novel from Zoe Fishman, the bestselling author of Inheriting Edith, explores the meaning of family, the invisibility of addiction, and the unpredictability and all-encompassing nature of grief. New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry returns to the beloved Lowcountry setting of The Bookshop at Water’s End with a novel of one woman’s homecoming. Join these three authors as they discuss what happens when you peel back the layers and reveal characters' vulnerability.

Moderator: Kate Whitman

Kate Whitman is vice president of Author and Family Programs at the Atlanta History Center and curates the popular Author Program series, which welcomes 50-60 bestselling authors of fiction and nonfiction to Atlanta each year.

  • First Baptist Decatur Carreker Hall presented by Mailchimp
  • Sat 3:00-3:45p Carreker

Invisible As Air

Sylvie Snow knows the pressures of expectations: a woman is supposed to work hard, but never be tired; age gracefully, but always be beautiful; fix the family problems, but always be carefree. Sylvie does the grocery shopping, the laundry, the scheduling, the schlepping and the PTA-ing, while planning her son’s Bar Mitzvah and cheerfully tending to her husband, Paul, who’s been lying on the sofa with a broken ankle. She’s also secretly addicted to the Oxycontin intended for his pain. For three years, Sylvie has repressed her grief about the heartbreaking loss of her stillborn daughter, Delilah. On the morning of the anniversary of her death, when she just can’t face doing one…more…thing: she takes one—just one—of her husband’s discarded pain pills. And suddenly she feels patient, kinder, and miraculously relaxed. She tells herself that the pills are temporary, just a gift, and that when the supply runs out she’ll go back to her regularly scheduled programming But days turn into weeks, and Sylvie slips slowly into a nightmare. At first, Paul and Teddy are completely unaware, but this changes quickly as her desperate choices reveal her desperate state. As the Bar Mitzvah nears, all three of them must face the void within themselves, both alone and together. BUY THIS BOOK!

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