When the revered children's book author Mort Lear dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to his trusted assistant, Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated and defiant directives in his will. Tommy knew Morty for more than four decades, since she was twelve, and by the end of his increasingly reclusive life, she found herself living in his house as confidante and helpmeet, witness not just to his daily routines but to the emotional fallout of his strange boyhood and his volatile relationship with a lover who died of AIDS. Now Tommy must try to honor Morty's last wishes while grappling with their effects on those he left behind, including Nicholas Greene, an actor cast to play Mort Lear in a movie. But Greene brings new information to the role, having been the recipient of a startling confession by Morty that changes much of what Tommy believed she knew about her boss, and herself. Julia Glass is the author of five previous books of fiction, including Three Junes, winner of the National Book Award, and I See You Everywhere, winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Glass is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College. She appears in conversation with David Ebershoff, the author of The Danish Girl, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film, as well as the bestselling novel The 19th Wife.