In Conversation with
Tuesday, December 5th 7:00 PM
At the age of 59, Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. She married Jim Barringer on a New Hampshire hillside with friends and children gathered, fireworks exploding as they talked about the trips they would take, the olive trees they would plant, the food they would make together. How lucky, everyone said, that they had found each other when they did. Just after their one-year anniversary, Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. And nineteen months later, having shared a struggle that consumed both their lives, Joyce lay beside him while he took his last breath.
Joyce Maynard, journalist and author of numerous works of nonfiction and novels, such as Labor Day, At Home In The World, and Under the Influence, will be discussing her new memoir, The Best of Us with essayist and author, Hope Edleman.
There to discuss The Best of Us with Joyce Maynard will be Hope Edelman, the internationally bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers, and The Possibility of Everything. She has been teaching memoir writing for more than two decades, most recently in Antioch University-LA's MFA program and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.