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In Temporary, a young woman’s workplace is the size of the world. She fills increasingly bizarre placements in search of steadiness, connection, and something, at last, to call her own. Whether it’s shining an endless closet of shoes, swabbing the deck of a pirate ship, assisting an assassin, or filling in for the Chairman of the Board, for the mythical Temporary, “there is nothing more personal than doing your job.”

Very Nice is a brilliantly funny novel of bad behavior in the post-Obama era, featuring a wealthy Connecticut divorcée, her college-age daughter, and the famous novelist who is seduced by them both. Zigzagging between the rarefied circles of Manhattan investment banking, the achingly self-serious MFA programs of the Midwest, and the private bedrooms of Connecticut, Very Nice is an audacious, addictive, and wickedly smart take on the way we live now.

Hilary Leichter’s writing has appeared in n+1, The New Yorker, The Cut, and Harper’s. She teaches fiction at Columbia University and has been awarded fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her first novel, Temporary, was published in March 2020 by Coffee House Press/Emily Books.

Marcy Dermansky is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Very Nice, The Red Car, Bad Marie and Twins. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Edward E. Albee Foundation. She lives with her daughter in Montclair, NJ.

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Friday, April 3, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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