Memoirist ANNE EDELSTEIN in conversation with JOANNA RAKOFF

Porter Square Books is pleased to welcome ANNE EDELSTEIN, author of Lifesaving for Beginners, in conversation with JOANNA RAKOFF.

About Lifesaving for Beginners

When ANNE EDELSTEIN was forty-two, her mother, a capable swimmer in good health, drowned while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Caring for two small children of her own, Anne suddenly found herself grieving not only for her emotionally distant mother but also for her beloved younger brother Danny, who had killed himself violently over a decade before. She finds herself wrestling not only with the past and her family’s legacy of mental illness, but also with the emotional well-being of her children. Part memoir and part meditation on joy and grief, the book will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to come to terms with their parents, their siblings, their children, and their place in the world.

ANNE EDELSTEIN is a literary agent in New York City, where she lives with her family. Lifesaving for Beginners is her first book.

JOANNA RAKOFF is the author of the bestselling memoir My Salinger Year, which has been published in twelve countries and seven languages, and is currently being adapted for film.

This event is free and open to the public.