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January 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Flora Collins, Amy Fine Collins, & Elysze Held


Books & Books


January 11, 2023
7:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with Amy Fine Collins & Elysze Held


A Small Affair

(Mira Books, $17.99)

Wednesday, January 11, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Join us in-person at Books & Books as Flora Collins, Amy Fine Collins, & Elysze Held discuss A SMALL AFFAIR. 

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

A twisting novel of psychological suspense about a young woman whose life is torn apart when her wealthy ex-lover is found dead, along with his wife.

Vera is ruthlessly ambitious, beautiful by her own account, and knows how to get exactly what she wants–no matter who stands in the way. When she starts a relationship with a wealthy older man who tells her he’s separated from his wife, she thinks litte of it. After only a few dates, she ends things, but that’s only the beginning. Days later, the man and his wife are found dead in their home, leaving behind a note saying Vera’s rejection had driven him to the horrible act of violence.

Vera is immediately blamed for the couple’s deaths, demonized by the press, fired from her job, and when stalkers and paparazzi begin to haunt her apartment, she flees to her mother’s house upstate. A year later, emerging from a cocoon of self-pity, she tries to re-enter the world, to get her job back—or any job—but the specter of scandal still clings to her. Then she’s invited to a memorial for the wife of the man she had an affair with. As she learns more about the family, and about the couple and their friends, she begins to suspect there was much more to the story than a simple affair gone wrong. In a quest for redemption, Vera soon begins uncovering layers of lies and close-kept secrets held by an inner-circle of filthy rich tech millionaires who will go to any lengths to protect their reputations.

Booklist raves: “The draw of this story is the immersion in a culture that is completely superficial, with all the trappings that come with watching the self-obsessed have their comeuppance.”


About the Author:

Flora Collins was born and raised in New York City and has never left, except for a four-year stint at Vassar College. When she’s not writing, she moonlights as a content manager for a tech start-up. NANNY DEAREST was her first novel, and draws upon personal experiences from her own family history.

About the Moderators:

Amy Fine Collins was a Special Correspondent to Vanity Fair, where for more than 25 years she wrote features about fashion, art, and society. An arbiter and owner of the International Best-Dressed List since 2003, she was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1996. Long a muse to artists and designers, including Geoffrey Beene and Thom Browne, Collins is a frequently consulted advisor and commentator on fashion, Currently Editor at Large for Air Mail and Contributing Editor (New York) for World of Interiors, Amy Fine Collins has written or contributed to more than a dozen books. Her latest book is The International Best-Dressed List: The Official Story, published by Rizzoli in 2019.

Style Out Of The City founder Elysze Held, Miami’s best-known Fashion expert, is the Senior Contributing Fashion Editor for the Miami Herald’s Luxury Magazine, INDULGE, and the Stylist for South Florida’s longest-running New Entertainment TV Show, DECO DRIVE. Elysze and her team of professional stylists and wardrobe assistants work in a variety of facets of the industry: Personal Shopping and Closet Editing; Profile Editorials; Designer Appearances and Trunk Shows; Corporate Style Seminars and Workshops; Editorial and TV Shoots, Red Carpet, and Weddings; Elysze is also a well known Fashion Event Emcee and hosts Fashion Trunk Shows, Panels and on-air discussions about STYLE! As Elysze Held is most focused on her clientele and her service, she has been referred to (by the Ritz Carlton hotels) as the “Couture Concierge”, and by notable Interior Designers and Developers as “THE “Wardrobe Curator”!