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The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano with Donna Freitas & Pamela Atherton

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Join scholar and novelist Donna Freitas and interviewer extraordinaire Pamela Atherton as they discuss The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano, and the decisions and consequences -- active and reactive -- that lead to one woman's possible timelines. 

Terry's rave review: "Freitas uses a novel approach to exploring feminism, societal expectations, the right to choose motherhood, and parental relationships in this compulsively readable debut fiction title. Rose Napolitano does not want to have children. Her husband Luke knows this from the very beginning of their relationship. Her parents, friends, colleagues, and in-laws know this. When Luke (and his parents) pressure her into having a baby, the narrative veers off into nine possible scenarios (lives). Told in non-sequential, alternating storylines, the reader will get to know Rose from every possible angle through the different life paths she might have chosen.

"This is a great format for exploring ideas … and thinking about life’s options. We have all imagined the different directions our lives might have taken based on a single decision or a path not taken, but this book is more than that. It is an exploration and a way to talk about marriage, women’s rights, motherhood, and relationships … making for an exceptional reading experience."

This is Donna Freitas’s first adult novel. She is the author of Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention, as well as books for young adults. Donna has written for The Washington PostThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on NPR and the TODAY show. She’s on the faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA program and lives in Brooklyn and Connecticut. 


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Event Date: 
Monday, May 3, 2021 - 5:30pm
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
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ISBN: 9781984880598
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - April 6th, 2021

A deeply moving novel about a woman who thought she never wanted to be a mother--and the many ways that life can surprise us

In every woman there are many stories . . .

Rose Napolitano is fighting with her husband, Luke, about prenatal vitamins. She promised she'd take them, but didn't. He promised before they got married that he'd never want children, but now he's changed his mind. Their marriage has come to rest on this one question: Can Rose find it in herself to become a mother? Rose is a successful professor and academic. She's never wanted to have a child. The fight ends, and with it their marriage.

But then, Rose has a fight with Luke about the vitamins--again. This time the fight goes slightly differently, and so does Rose's future as she grapples with whether she can indeed give up the one thing she thought she knew about herself. Can she reimagine her life in a completely new way? That reimagining plays out again and again in each of Rose's nine lives, just as it does for each of us as we grow into adulthood. What are the consequences of our biggest choices? How would life change if we let go of our preconceived ideas of ourselves and became someone completely new? Rose Napolitano's experience of choosing and then choosing again shows us in an utterly compelling way what it means, literally, to reinvent a life and, sometimes, become a different kind of woman than we ever imagined.

A stunning novel about love, loss, betrayal, divorce, death, a woman's career and her identity, The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano is about finding one's way into a future that wasn't the future one planned, and the ways that fate intercedes when we least expect it.

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ISBN: 9781646140183
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Published: Levine Querido - September 15th, 2020

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 13th, 2019