Sometimes an event—large or small—can bring out a side of a loved one that we’ve never seen. That’s what happens to the family at the center of our March Spotlight Pick: The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin.
A sleepy Massachusetts town stops being so sleepy when the Frome family starts to unravel.
Inspired by Ethan Frome, a classic Edith Wharton novella about a strained marriage in a small town, The Smash-Up is an intimate, moving portrait of a family in distress and a powerful exploration of how the things we fail to notice can shatter a family, a community, and a nation.
Whether you love all The Smash-Up’s characters equally or you find yourself choosing sides, we guarantee you’ll be dying to discuss it by the end. So join us for a Zoom Happy Hour on Tuesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET—with a special appearance from author Ali Benjamin.
Register for the event here.
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