By Margaret Hawkins
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143126119, 304pp.)
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
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An exquisite and profound tale for fans of Anne Tyler and Anna Quindlen
Glowingly reviewed everywhere from O, The Oprah Magazine and Good Housekeeping to sites across the blogosphere, Lydia’s Party sparks a-ha” moments and heartfelt conversations about friendship, regrets, and ambitions. Margaret Hawkins’s earlier books, all published by small presses, have gained her a devoted following, but this gem of a novel will introduce her to the wider audience she deserves.
Lydia is hosting her Bleak Midwinter Bash,” a late Christmas party that has become an annual tradition. Her guestssix friends who bonded twenty years ago over art, dogs, and their budding careers and romancesthink they know everything about one another, but tonight Lydia prepares to shock them with a devastating announcement.
MARGARET HAWKINS is the author of two previous novels and a memoir. She is a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hawkins lives in Chicago.