Lisa Gornick in conversation with Susan Rebecca White
Decatur Library Auditorium
March 18, 2020, 7:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join us for a conversation between Lisa Gornick and local author Susan Rebecca White, as they discuss Gornick’s new novel, The Peacock Feast. The Peacock Feast opens on a June day in 1916 when Louis C. Tiffany, the eccentric glass genius, dynamites the breakwater at Laurelton Hall—his fantastical Oyster Bay mansion with columns capped by brilliant ceramic blossoms, and a smokestack hidden in a blue-banded minaret—so as to foil the town from reclaiming the beach for public use. The explosion shakes both the apple crate where four-year-old Prudence, the daughter of Tiffany’s prized gardener, is sleeping and the rocks where Randall, her seven-year-old brother, is playing. Spanning the 20th century and three continents, The Peacock Feast ricochets from Manhattan to San Francisco, from the decadent mansions of the Tiffany family to a Texas death-row prison, and from the London consultation room of Anna Freud to a Mendocino commune. With psychological acuity and aching eloquence, Lisa Gornick has written a sweeping family drama, an exploration of the meaning of art and the art of dying, and an illuminating portrait of how our decisions reverberate across time and space. Lisa Gornick is the author of the novels The Peacock Feast, Louisa Meets Bear, Tinderbox, and A Private Sorcery. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, The Wall Street Journal, and Real Simple, and have received many honors, including Distinguished Story by the Best American Short Stories. Her work has received many rave reviews and honors. Lisa Gornick earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at Yale and is a graduate of the writing program at NYU and the psychoanalytic training program at Columbia, where she is on the faculty. For many years, she worked in clinics, hospitals, and private practice as a psychotherapist, a profession she has depicted in various essays as based on “sacred trust.” She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase and have signed. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.