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Literary cocktails and author signing with Julie Langsdorf for White Elephant

Join us in the #ReadingRoomDC for the cocktail talents of Chantal Tseng based on the wonderful novel White Elephant. Author Julie Langsdorf will be joining us for cocktails and signing books. Copies are 20% off at the bookstore! 

A turf war between neighbors leads to a small-town crisis in this sharply observed debut novel perfect for fans of Tom Perrotta, Meg Wolitzer, and Celeste Ng.

The white elephant looms large over the town of Willard Park: a newly-constructed behemoth of a home, it towers over the quaint houses, including Allison and Ted Millers' tiny hundred year old home. When owner Nick Cox cuts down the Millers' precious red maple--in an effort to make his unsightly property more appealing to buyers--their once serene town becomes a battleground.

While tensions between Ted and Nick escalate, other dysfunctions abound: Allison finds herself compulsively drawn to the man who threatens to upend her quietly organized life. A lawyer with a pot habit and a serious mid-life crisis skirts his responsibilities. And in a quest for popularity, a teenage girl gets caught up in a not-so-harmless prank. Newcomers and longtime residents alike clash in conflicting pursuits of the American Dream, with trees mysteriously uprooted, fingers pointed, and lines drawn.

White Elephant is a tangled-web tale of a community on the verge and its all-too-human inhabitants, who long to connect but can't seem to find the words. It's a story about opposing sides struggling to find a middle ground--a parable for our times.

Event date: 
Friday, August 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
827 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
White Elephant: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062857750
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - March 26th, 2019