West Coast Book Launch! (Virtual)
Wednesday, June 22 at 6PM
THE LONG ANSWER
by Anna Hogeland
in conversation with Nandi Rose
Join us to celebrate the publication of Hogeland's debut novel, The Long Answer. An intricately braided account of pregnancy, motherhood and witnessing that Jess Walter calls "both coolly empathetic and searingly personal, a powerful bridge between fiction's two current modes." Purchase a signed copy here.
A woman considers pregnancy, motherhood, and the nature of female relationships in this profound and provocative novel.
Twelve weeks pregnant for the first time, Anna speaks to her sister on the other side of the country and learns she has just miscarried her second child. As this loss strains their bond and complications with Anna's own pregnancy emerge, her tenuous steps towards motherhood are shadowed and illuminated by the women she meets along the way, whose stories of the children they have had, or longed for, or lost, crowd in. "I needed stories like this now," she writes. "I needed them like I needed water and salt, to tell me what was possible in the course of a life after the life you'd planned dies inside you."
The Long Answer is a stunning novel of secrets kept, and secrets shared. Deeply empathetic and hugely absorbing, it unravels the intimate dynamics of female friendship, sisterhood, motherhood and grief, and the ways that women are bound together and pulled apart by their shared and contrasting experiences of pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage, and infertility.
Anna Hogeland is a psychotherapist in private practice, with an MSW from Smith College School of Social Work and an MFA from UC Irvine. She lives in Vermont.
Singer, songwriter, and producer Nandi Rose writes and records under the name Half Waif. Over the past decade, she has built upon her classical training to create a bold and unique sound that melds pop and folk songwriting styles with experimental electronic production and arrangements. Since joining the roster of renowned indie label ANTI- Records (Tom Waits, Fleet Foxes, Mavis Staples), Nandi has released the critically acclaimed records The Caretaker (2020) and Mythopoetics (2021), the latter of which was described by the New York Times as a “chordal anthem” and featured on their Best Songs of the Year list. Nandi has also made an appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk series and toured internationally. As a writer, her work has been featured with Esquire and NPR. She currently lives in the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York, where she is working on her latest record as well as her first book.