When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that awaits them. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are in a state of unrest. Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator turned stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she’s not sure she wants by a man she’s not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects. With the arrival of Jonah Bendt–a child placed for adoption by one of the daughters fifteen years before–the Sorensons will be forced to reckon with the rich and varied tapestry of their past: years marred by adolescent angst, infidelity, and resentment, but also the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile.
Claire Lombardo earned her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Prior to writing The Most Fun We Ever Had, she spent several years doing social work in Chicago. She was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois.
About the Moderator
Alison Law is an unapologetic book pusher, author enabler, and executive producer and host behind the Literary Atlanta podcast (2017-2019). Following the traditional public radio interview format, Literary Atlanta promoted literacy and awareness of the rich literary arts community found in Atlanta. She has interviewed internationally bestselling authors such as Amor Towles, Celeste Ng, Jojo Moyes, Mo Rocca, and Tayari Jones—in recording studios and in front of live audiences at venues such as the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Atlanta History Center, and the Margaret Mitchell House.
Alison has nearly 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism, creative writing, and marketing and communications. She began her career as a broadcast journalist, writing and producing for television news stations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky, and Baltimore, Maryland.
As a professional writer, publicist, and marketing and media consultant, Alison has represented authors, publishers, agencies, and other professionals in the publishing industry. She has served as associate program director and media relations contact for the AJC Decatur Book Festival and currently volunteers on the festival’s programming committee. She’s also an advisor for the Decatur Writers Studio and the Georgia Center for the Book.
Alison is a proud alumna of Georgia State University, where she earned her master’s degree in English in 2015. She helped Georgia State launch the Lost Southern Voices Festival in 2016 and has taught writing and literature at Georgia State University Perimeter College.
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