Monday, July 8

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Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes

presents

Evvie Drake Starts Over:
A Novel

in conversation with MARGARET H. WILLISON

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This event includes a book signing

Harvard Book Store welcomes Linda Holmes—pop culture correspondent for NPR and host of the podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour—for a discussion of her debut novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over. She will be joined in conversation by librarian and cultural advisory savant MARGARET H. WILLISON.

About Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory

In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her large, painfully empty house nearly a year after her husband’s death in a car crash. Everyone in town, even her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and Evvie doesn’t correct them.

Meanwhile, in New York City, Dean Tenney, former Major League pitcher and Andy’s childhood best friend, is wrestling with what miserable athletes living out their worst nightmares call the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and, even worse, he can’t figure out why. As the media storm heats up, an invitation from Andy to stay in Maine seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button on Dean’s future.

When he moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house, the two make a deal: Dean won’t ask about Evvie’s late husband, and Evvie won’t ask about Dean’s baseball career. Rules, though, have a funny way of being broken—and what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. To move forward, Evvie and Dean will have to reckon with their pasts—the friendships they’ve damaged, the secrets they’ve kept—but in life, as in baseball, there’s always a chance—up until the last out.

Praise for Evvie Drake Starts Over

“Deeply moving while simultaneously hilarious, Evvie Drake Starts Over is what happens when great writing, complex and charming characters, and a not-quite-what-you-expect ending collide. . . . Much more than just another romantic comedy.” —Karen White, New York Timesbestselling author of Dreams of Falling

“I was utterly charmed—this book shows us that just because you’re broken doesn’t mean you can’t be put back together again. You’ll want to stay cozied up with these delightful, unique, and incredibly human characters long after you turn the last page.” —Doree Shafrir, author of Startup: A Novel and co-host of the Forever35 podcast

“A sweet and sincere grown-up love story . . . Fans of grounded romance will fall hard for Evvie Drake and Dean Tenney, two broken people who help each other mend. . . . Refreshing and real, with a huge heart. I loved it.” —Georgia Clark, author of The Regulars and The Bucket List


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Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for National Public Radio and the host of the podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which has held sold-out live shows in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, and elsewhere. She appears regularly on NPR’s radio shows, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Before NPR, she wrote for New York Magazine online and for TV Guide, as well as for the influential website Television Without Pity. In her free time, she watches far too many romantic comedies, bakes bread, watches her nephews get taller, and recently knitted her first hat.

Photo credit: Tim Coburn

 

Margaret H. Willison

Margaret H. Willison is a librarian and culture advisory savant. She’s a regular fourth chair on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, one half of the Two Bossy Dames newsletter, one third of the Appointment Television podcast, and the host of the best 24/7 slumber party on Twitter.