Coming up on 8/23 – join us for this two author event! Kay Cosgrove will read her from poetry book 𝘈𝘯𝘺𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦? and Ashley Wurzbacher reads from her new novel 𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘏𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭.
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𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬
𝘈𝘯𝘺𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦? – The poems in Kay Cosgrove’s first collection are driven by curiosity – about herself, the world, and her place in it. Witty and elegantly restrained, they ask the question: how do we live the lives we’ve made for ourselves? Cosgrove roams from barrooms to checkout lines to the enigma of motherhood; she is a teenager responsible for a sack-of-flour-as-a-baby, and then an adult driving a teenage babysitter home. She explores the texture of our connections to strangers, family, ourselves, and illuminates the sublime in the unimportant. The poems in Anybody Home? embrace life’s sweetness and shadows. Here, the ordinary is unfathomable and the ineffable is ordinary.
𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘏𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭 – Two years after the death of their mother, Jada and Maddy Battle both navigate unplanned pregnancies. Jada, a thirty-one-year-old psychology PhD student living in Pittsburgh, quietly obtains an abortion without telling her husband, but the secret causes turmoil in her already shaky marriage. Back home in rural Pennsylvania, nineteen-year-old Maddy, who spends her time caring for birds at a wildlife rehabilitation center, is paid off by the man who got her pregnant to get an abortion. But an unsettling visit to a crisis pregnancy center adds to her doubts about whether to go through with it.
Although Maddy still hasn’t forgiven Jada for a terrible betrayal, she goes to her for support, only to discover the cracks in the façade of her sister’s seemingly perfect life. As their past resentments boil over, the sisters must navigate the consequences of their choices and determine how best to care for themselves and each other.