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IN-PERSON EVENT: Molly Prentiss, Old Flame

Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 7:00pm

FREE IN-STORE EVENT: Bookshop welcomes Santa Cruz native Molly Prentiss, author of the “ethereal and brutally realistic” (The New York TimesTuesday Nights in 1980, back to town for a reading and signing of her highly anticipated new novel, Old Flame, which explores what it means to be a woman in her many forms—daughter, friend, partner, lover, and mother. 

Prentiss will be in conversation with radio host/producer and "Kitchen Sister" Nikki Silva, who is also Molly's mom!

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Emily writes for women's catalogs for a living, but she'd rather be writing books. She has a handsome photographer boyfriend, but she actively wonders how and when they will eventually hurt each other. Her best work friend Megan is her lifeline, until Megan is abruptly laid off. When her world is further upended by an unplanned pregnancy, Emily is forced to make tough changes that will change her life forever. 

What will she sacrifice from her old life to make room for a new one? What fires will she be forced to extinguish, and which will keep burning? Old Flame is a story about the essential—and often existential—choices that define a woman's life at every level, from which to wear to when to have a child to how to be in the world.

"Old Flame is amazing—a warmhearted and luminous page-turner about desire, time, love, parenthood, work, and art in women's lives. What a woman invents of herself, what the world demands she be, and the stories she tells to find her many selves across a lifetime are considered with both the scorching verve of Elena Ferrante and the frank humor of Maria Semple. This unforgettable book is a love letter in itself, to how hard and wonderful life is, and to finding home, in all its thrilling, changing forms, ever mysterious and known." —Sophie McManus, author of The Unfortunates

MOLLY PRENTISS is the author of Tuesday Nights in 1980, which was longlisted for the Center of Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Améericaine in France. Her writing has be translated into multiple languages. She lives in Red Hook, New York, with her husband and daughter. You can find her at or on Instagram @MollyPrentiss.

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ISBN: 9781501121586
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 11th, 2023