Joshua Max Feldman, Start Without Me
When: Wednesday, November 29, 7:00pm
Where: The Odyssey Bookshop
Joshua Max Feldman will be introduced by Madeleine Blais, author of To the New Owners: A Martha's Vineyard Memoir.
The author of the critically acclaimed The Book of Jonah explores questions of love and choice, disappointment and hope in the lives of two strangers who meet by chance in this mesmerizing tale that unfolds over one Thanksgiving Day.
Adam is a former musician and recovering alcoholic who is home for Thanksgiving for the first time in many years. Surrounded by his parents and siblings, nieces and nephews—all who have seen him at his worst—he can’t shake the feeling that no matter how hard he tries, he’ll always be the one who can’t get it right.
Marissa is a flight attendant whose marriage is strained by simmering tensions over race, class, and ambition. Heading to her in-laws for their picture-perfect holiday family dinner, her anxiety is intensified by the knowledge she is pregnant from an impulsive one-night-stand.
In an airport restaurant on Thanksgiving morning, Adam and Marissa meet. Over the course of this day fraught with emotion and expectation, these two strangers will form an unlikely bond as they reckon with their family ties, their pasts, and the choices that will determine their way forward.
Joshua Max Feldman focuses his knowing eye on one of the last bastions of classical American idealism, the Thanksgiving family gathering, as he explores our struggles to know—and to be—our best selves. Hilarious and heartrending, Start Without Me is a thoughtful and entertaining page-turner that will leave its indelible mark on your heart
Joshua Max Feldman is a writer of fiction and theater. His most recent novel, Start Without Me, was published by William Morrow in 2017. The Book of Jonah, his first novel, has been translated into nine languages. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075