The Great Novelist Tessa Hadley Reading and Signing The Past

Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m.

We are honored to host the unsurpassable Tessa Hadley, who is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and author of the New York Times Notable Books The London Train and Married Love. Hadley will grace our threshold with a reading from her sixth highly-praised novel, The Past, in which she conjures three sisters and one brother coming to reckon with the past and with one another in a tumbling down ancestral home, entwined by conflicting strands of puritanism, class condescension and erotic impulse.  Reading, q & a, signing.

The Past PBK CoverTessa Hadley is that rare novelist who so precisely limns the human experience so that readers feel she has infiltrated their own hearts and minds.The Past  is an indelible family portrait that probes the complicated relationships of siblings and how both a singular place and the passage of time have shaped the trajectories of each of their lives. The Cranes have gathered in the country house once lived in by their grandparents. Determined to reach a conclusion about the house’s fate, the four siblings have come together for what may be their last holiday there. The eldest sister, Harriet, is an austere and somewhat disillusioned former radical. The ”incurable romantic” Alice—who orchestrated this family reunion—clings most fiercely to the house. The youngest, Fran, is a practical mother who arrives with her two small children — but without her musician husband, who has begged off. And then there is Roland, the only brother—a distinguished philosopher and cultural critic who brings his beautiful and foreign third wife and his teenage daughter.  For each, being back at Kington ignites a particular response; the younger children stumble upon a derelict cottage, young love is discovered in the woods, sibling perceptions of past selves continue to entangle in present relationships.

“Tessa Hadley has become one of this country’s great contemporary novelists.”                     —Anthony Quinn, The Guardian

“A supremely perceptive writer of formidable skill and intelligence”                                        —New York Times Book Review

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Photo: Mark Vessey

Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels: Accidents in the Home, which was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master BedroomThe London Train, which was a New York Times Notable Book, Clever Girl and The Past. She is also the author of two short-story collections, Sunstroke and Married Love, both of which were also New York Times Notable Books. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker. She lives in London.