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Carol Edgarian

Warwick’s presents
Carol Edgarian
in conversation with Lacy Crawford


Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 4:00pm PST

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This is a free virtual event on Facebook Live.

On Tuesday, March 9th at 4:00pm PST Warwick's will host Carol Edgarian as she discusses her new book, Vera, in conversation with Lacy Crawford. Carol Edgarian is the author of the New York Times bestseller Three Stages of Amazement and the international bestseller Rise the Euphrates, winner of the ANC Freedom Prize. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and W, among many others. She is cofounder of the non-profit Narrative, a leading digital publisher of fiction, poetry, and art, and Narrative in the Schools, which provides reading and writing resources to teachers and students around the world. Edgarian lives with her family in San Francisco.

Meet Vera Johnson, the uncommonly resourceful fifteen-year-old illegitimate daughter of Rose, notorious proprietor of San Francisco's most legendary bordello and ally to the city's corrupt politicians. Vera has grown up straddling two worlds - the madam's alluring sphere, replete with tickets to the opera, surly henchmen, and scant morality, and the violent, debt ridden domestic life of the family paid to raise her.

On the morning of the great quake, Vera's worlds collide. As the shattered city burns and looters vie with the injured, orphaned, and starving, Vera and her guileless sister, Pie, are cast adrift. Vera disregards societal norms and prejudices and begins to imagine a new kind of life. She collaborates with Tan, her former rival, and forges an unlikely family of survivors. Together they navigate their way beyond disaster.

In Vera, Carol Edgarian creates a cinematic, deeply entertaining world, in which honor and fates are tested; notions of sex, class, and justice are turned upside down; and love is hard-won. A ravishing, heartbreaking, and profound affirmation of youth and tenacity, Vera's story brings to life legendary characters - tenor Enrico Caruso, indicted mayor Eugene Schmitz and boss Abe Ruef, tabloid celebrity Alma Spreckels - as well as an unforgettable cast that includes Vera's young lover, Bobby, protector of the city's tribe of orphans, and three generations of a Chinese family competing and conspiring with Vera.

This richly imagined, timely tale of improbable outcomes and alliances takes hold from the first page, gifting readers with remarkable scenes of devastation, renewal, and joy. Told with unflinching candor and wit, Vera celebrates the audacious fortitude of its young heroine and marks a stunning achievement by an inventive and generous writer.

Lacy Crawford is the author of fiction and nonfiction, including the satire Early Decision and the memoir Notes on a Silencing, a New York Times Editors’ Choice that was named best of summer by Time, People, and Real Simple. Her literary journalism includes interviews and profiles of Frank Conroy, Reynolds Price, Geoffrey Wolff, and Shirley Hazzard. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Narrative, LitHub, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. She lives in California with her husband and three children. 

Vera: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501157523
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - March 2nd, 2021