Need your next beach read? Meet Lauren Mechling, author of How Could She, one of the most anticipated novels of summer 2019. Mechling’s debut adult novel is a witty and sharp New York comedy of manners that explores the knotty terrain of female friendship and its impact on how we understand ourselves.
With honesty and humor, Mechling plumbs the jealousies, insecurities, and dreams of Sunny, Geraldine, and Rachel: old friends since their days in Toronto working entry-level jobs at a magazine, now living very different lives as 30-somethings in New York. Geraldine, running out of options in love and work, comes to New York City in search of both; Rachel, a new mother struggling to get her career on track in the crumbling media market; Sunny, a seemingly charmed artist with a rich husband, fabulous apartment, and overwhelming insecurity. Mechling invites us into the lives of all three, and in doing so reveals the brutal opinions we form about those closest to us and the ways we measure ourselves up to our so-called best friends.
Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m.
Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield St., Watchung Plaza, Montclair