Thursday, July 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Judith Freeman’s memoir The Latter Days grew out of an essay she wrote on the eve of the 2012 Republican Convention. Prominent journalist Laurie Winer will discuss with Freeman her highly lauded personal account of leaving the Mormon faith, and they will also delve into the extraordinary political and economic power Mormons still hold. Guaranteed to fascinate. Join us on Thursday, July 21st at 7:00 p.m. for this conversation with signing to follow.
The Latter Days is an arresting, lyrical memoir about the path the author took—sometimes unwittingly—out of her Mormon upbringing and through a thicket of profound difficulties to become a writer. At twenty-two, Judith Freeman was in the process of divorcing the man she had married at seventeen, and living in her parents’ house with her four-year-old son, who had already endured two heart surgeries. She had abandoned Mormonism, the faith into which she had been born, and was having an affair with her son’s surgeon. It was at this fraught moment that she decided to become a writer. Freeman explores the circumstances and choices that informed her course, and those that allowed her to find a way forward. Writing with remarkable candor and insight, she gives us an illuminating, singular portrait of resilience and forgiveness, of memory and hindsight, and of the ways in which we come to identify our truest selves.
**Named one of “30 Books You Should Read This Summer” by Chicago Tribune**
“The Latter Days arrived at four P.M. and I read until midnight, unable to leave this memoir….Freeman sends rays of light straight into the reader’s heart.” —Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here
Judith Freeman is the author of four novels—Red Water, The Chinchilla Farm, Set for Life, and A Desert of Pure Feeling—and of Family Attractions, a collection of stories, and The Long Embrace, a biography of Raymond Chandler. She lives in California and Idaho.
Laurie Winer has been on staff at The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. She is a contributing editor to Los Angeles Magazine and a founding editor the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is at work on a book about Oscar Hammerstein II and the birth of the musical.