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Rouge

Mona Awad

Warwick’s presents
Mona Awad
in conversation with Jason Blitman

Rouge

Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 7:30pm PDT

Warwick's
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
Rouge

This event is free and open to the public; free seating is subject to available space on a first-come, first-served basis.

Warwick’s presents Mona Awad as she discusses and signs the new paperback edition of her book, Rouge, in conversation with Jason BlitmanMona Awad is the author of the novels All's Well, Bunny, and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. Bunny was a finalist for a Goodreads Choice Award and the New England Book Award. It was named a Best Book of 2019 by Time, Vogue, and the New York Public Library and is currently being developed for film with Bad Robot Productions. All's Well was a finalist for a Goodreads Choice Award. 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Rouge was named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, Electric Literature, Tor, and Literary Hub and is being adapted for film by Fremantle and Sinestra. Margaret Atwood named Awad her "literary heir" in The New York Times's T Magazine. She teaches fiction in the creative writing program at Syracuse University and is based in Boston.

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For as long as she can remember, Belle has been insidiously obsessed with her skin and skincare videos. When her estranged mother Noelle mysteriously dies, Belle finds herself back in Southern California, dealing with her mother's considerable debts and grappling with lingering questions about her death. The stakes escalate when a strange woman in red appears at the funeral, offering a tantalizing clue about her mother's demise, followed by a cryptic video about a transformative spa experience. With the help of a pair of red shoes, Belle is lured into the barbed embrace of La Maison de Méduse, the same lavish, culty spa to which her mother was devoted. There, Belle discovers the frightening secret behind her (and her mother's) obsession with the mirror―and the great shimmering depths (and demons) that lurk on the other side of the glass.

Snow White meets Eyes Wide Shut in this surreal descent into the dark side of beauty, envy, grief, and the complicated love between mothers and daughters. With black humor and seductive horror, Rouge explores the cult-like nature of the beauty industry―as well as the danger of internalizing its pitiless gaze. Brimming with California sunshine and blood-red rose petals, Rouge holds up a warped mirror to our relationship with mortality, our collective fixation with the surface, and the wondrous, deep longing that might lie beneath.

Jason Blitman is an arts professional currently based in San Diego, California. Jason hosts and produces the podcast Gays Reading where recent guests include Tommy Orange, Dolly Alderton, Kaveh Akbar, Nathan Hill, Angie Kim, and recent Oprah’s Book Club pick, Lara Love Hardin. As an arts and culture producer, Jason produced two seasons of the Books That Changed My Life Festival for JCC Manhattan and the Palm Springs Readers’ Festival for the Best Bookstore in Palm Springs. He directed The Lightning Thief and The SpongeBob Musical for San Diego Junior Theatre, Xanadu at San Diego Musical Theatre, and will direct their fall 2024 production of Sweeney Todd. 

Rouge: A Novel By Mona Awad Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982169701
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - May 7th, 2024