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Genevieve Plunkett – In the Lobby of the Dream Hotel – with Alexis Schaitkin

August 18, 2023 @ 6:00pm-7:00pm


We are delighted to welcome you back to this in person event at our Manchester, VT store!

Plunkett, a Northshire staff favorite, will join us to celebrate her new novel in conversation with fellow author Alexis Schaitkin.

A young mother finds herself caught between a love affair and the wrath of her husband, who will do anything to put an end to it—even use his wife’s bipolar diagnosis against her.

When faced with newfound feelings for Theo, the drummer of her band, married young mother Portia must decide whether to follow her heart or question her sanity. Going off her medication feels like waking up for the first time. But could this clarity be harmless daydreaming, or a symptom of something more serious?

Portia’s husband, a well-respected prosecutor in their small Vermont town, is convinced of the latter. He retaliates, initiating an intervention, claiming that Portia’s behavior is proof of her bipolar disorder. With lawyer-like cunning, he uses elements from her past to break her resolve until she agrees to being committed to a psychiatric hospital. In the hospital, Portia’s sense of reality is tested, and hard truths about her marriage, her love for Theo, and her most vulnerable hopes and desires are revealed.

In the Lobby of the Dream Hotel is a potent and at times devastating story of stark tenderness. Written like a dream, this novel brings us toward new understandings of the flawed, yearning, multifaceted self.

Genevieve Plunkett is the author of Prepare Her: Stories. Her fiction has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best Small Fictions, as well as journals such as New England Review, The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, and Electric Literature. She lives in Vermont with her two children.

Alexis Schaitkin is the author of Saint X and Elsewhere. Her short stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two children.

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August 18, 2023
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