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March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In Person: An Evening With Dara Levan


Books & Books


March 15
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Books & Books presents…



It Could Be Worse

(Regalo Press, $17.99)

Friday, March 15th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Dara Levan discussing her new novel: It Could Be Worse (Regalo Press, $17.99)

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

Allegra Gil, mired in self-doubt and blind loyalty, suspects her charmed life in Miami may be a gilded cage. She has a devoted husband, two loving children, a thriving therapy practice, and lifelong friends. But when a surprising discovery in a piano bench reveals a shocking family secret, Allegra questions everything she thought she knew about the two people who raised her. Could it be true? Did her father, a respected pediatric neurosurgeon, harm instead of heal? And Allegra’s mother—how much did she know?

As the past threatens the present, Allegra plays the song of what was, what is, and what may never be.

Composed with the cadence of a waltz—up, up, down—through flashbacks to childhood memories in Miami and a music camp in Michigan, It Could Be Worse is a heartwarming and at times heart-wrenching multigenerational story of a woman supported and embraced by many while shaken to the core by a few.


. . . If life gives you lemons, read Dara Levan’s delightful debut novel.” —Sally Koslowbestselling author of THE REAL MRS. TOBIAS

“Visceral and moving. A must read for anyone seeking to understand the impact of parent-to-child narcissistic abuse. Inner child trauma is so powerful, so lasting, so tough to overcome. Levan conveys trauma with complexity, compassion and empathy.” —Andra WatkinsNew York Times Bestselling Author

“A powerful and poignant story about letting go . . . a book I will remember for a long time.” Jean Meltzer, International Bestselling Author of The Matzah Ball



About the Author:

Dara Levan‘s desire to impact others through words began as a young girl. When her grandmother lived in a nursing home, she interviewed the residents and wrote their stories. She was 12 years old at the time and living in her hometown, North Miami Beach, Florida. And she devoured books of all genres. She still does but her favorites are women’s fiction, family sagas,  and evocative, life-affirming stories.

Communicating and connecting with others continued throughout high school. She earned a B.A. in English and a minor in Journalism at Indiana University. Those four years prompted profound transformation. The summer before my senior year, she worked as a reporter at the Dayton Daily News in Ohio. Why did they assign her, an arts/features reporter, to cover an attempted murder? She will never forget those weeks.

As is often the case in life, unexpected moments can become catalysts for growth.

She decided to pivot and return to South Florida to earn a M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. While she was a student at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, she edited various papers and, while practicing as a pediatric speech-language pathologist, also edited several nonfiction books.

But she didn’t fully pursue my life’s passion and purpose until 2017 when she launched Every Soul Has a Story®.  The journey is all about the people we meet along the way. What began as a blog has expanded to include a podcast, an inclusive space in which she interviews inspiring guests from around the globe. She’s realized that we can write and rewrite our own stories. Speaking of which, she recently completed and will publish her first novel in 2023.

Connection and community impact is important to her.

She’s also been actively involved in her community. She is currently a board member of the Community Foundation of Broward and board member of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation/Memorial Hospital Foundation. She served as a board member of the Goodman Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Broward CountyJunior Achievement of South Florida, and I Care I Cure  Childhood Cancer Foundation. She is a founding member of the Circle of Friends for the Alvin Sherman Library Research, Information, and Technology Center at Nova Southeastern University and is a graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXI. She’s a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and the Women’s National Book Association.

Her intention is to impact others with integrity, love, and meaning…one word at a time.

The greatest sources of inspiration come from her husband, two children, and finding meaning in everyday moments. When she’s not writing in South Florida, you’ll find her hanging with her family and fur babies, walking in nature, and talking to strangers who become friends.