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Tuesday, October 12

at 7:00 pm
Join Lonnie Reed and Roberta Gill-Brooks as they facilitate an illuminating discussion with noted author Hilma Wolitzer to explore another layer in Awakening to Change -- gender.

Wolitzer’s latest story collection Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket gathers pieces written in the 1960s and 70s which explore the lives of women during one of the most tumultuous periods in the history of the fight for gender equality. The collection also includes a new story written during the pandemic which brings these themes full circle into the present day.

Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Strout, Emma Straub, Lauren Groff, and Adriana Trigiani, this discussion is an opportunity for a new generation of readers to be reintroduced to a beloved writer. Wolitzer, now in her 90s, has been writing fiction which reflects the lives and experiences of women for nearly 50 years. Her novels are frequently described as “poignant,” “funny,” and “unforgettable.”


Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket has been featured as a Must-Read Fiction Book in Kirkus Reviews and was recently named People Magazine’s Book of the Week. Copies are available at the Blackstone Library, and through People Get Ready books in New Haven. People Get Ready books will donate 15% of the purchase price to the library with the code AWAKENING.
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Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket
From her many well-loved novels, Hilma Wolitzer―now ninety-one years old and at the top of her game―has gained a reputation as one of our best fiction writers, who “raises ordinary people and everyday occurrences to a new height.” (Washington Post) These collected short stories―most of them originally published in magazines including Esquire and the Saturday Evening Post, in the 1960s and 1970s, along with a new story that brings her early characters into the present―are evocative of an era that still resonates deeply today.
 
In the title story, a bystander tries to soothe a woman who seems to have cracked under the pressures of her life. And in several linked stories throughout, the relationship between the narrator and her husband unfolds in telling and often hilarious vignettes. Of their time and yet timeless, Wolitzer’s stories zero in on the domestic sphere with wit, candor, grace, and an acutely observant eye. Brilliantly capturing the tensions and contradictions of daily life, Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket is full of heart and insight, providing a lens into a world that was often unseen at the time, and often overlooked now―reintroducing a beloved writer to be embraced by a whole new generation of readers.

About the Author:

Hilma Wolitzer is a self described a late-blooming novelist and short story writer who writes mostly about domestic life. She truly believe that what happens in bedrooms and kitchens matters as much as what happens in boardrooms and statehouses.

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