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August 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Mrs. March: An Evening with Virginia Feito and Samantha Irby
Books & Books, Harvard Book Store and Politics and Prose present…
An Evening with Virginia Feito
In conversation with Samantha Irby
Tuesday, August 10, 6 PM ET
LIVE via Crowdcast
Harvard Book Store, Politics and Prose, and Books & Books welcome acclaimed writer Virginia Feito for a discussion of her highly anticipated debut novel, Mrs. March. She will be joined in conversation by fellow writer Samantha Irby, author of the bestselling essay collection, Wow, No Thank You.
Who is Mrs. March?
George March’s latest novel is a smash. No one could be prouder than his dutiful wife, Mrs. March, who revels in his accolades. A careful creature of routine and decorum, she lives a precariously controlled existence on the Upper East Side until one morning, when the shopkeeper of her favorite patisserie suggests that her husband’s latest protagonist—a detestable character named Johanna—is based on Mrs. March herself. Clutching her ostrich leather pocketbook and mint-colored gloves, she flees the shop. What could have merited this humiliation?
That one casual remark robs Mrs. March of the belief that she knew everything about her husband—and herself—thus sending her on an increasingly paranoid journey that begins within the pages of a book. While snooping in George’s office, Mrs. March finds a newspaper clipping about a missing woman. Did George have anything to do with her disappearance? He’s been going on a lot of “hunting trips” up north with his editor lately, leaving Mrs. March all alone at night with her tormented thoughts, and the cockroaches that have suddenly started to appear, and strange breathing noises . . . As she begins to decode her husband’s secrets, her deafening anxiety and fierce determination threaten everyone in her wake—including her stoic housekeeper, Martha, and her unobtrusive son, Jonathan, whom she loves so profoundly, when she remembers to love him at all.
Combining a Hitchcockian sensibility with wickedly dark humor, Virginia Feito, a brilliantly talented and, at times, mischievous newcomer, offers a razor-sharp exploration of the fragility of identity. A mesmerizing novel of psychological suspense and casebook insecurity turned full-blown neurosis, Mrs. March will have you second-guessing your own seemingly familiar reflection in the mirror.
About the Author:
A native of Spain, Virginia Feito was raised in Madrid and Paris, and studied English and drama at Queen Mary University of London. She worked as a copywriter until she quit to write her debut novel. She lives in Madrid.
About the Moderator:
Samantha Irby is a writer whose work can be found on the internet, in books and on TV. She is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Wow, No Thank You.