Catherine Texier presents After David, in conversation with Chloé Caldwell

May 22nd
McNally Jackson Seaport
4 Fulton St.
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In unapologetic, sensuous prose, Catherine Texier's After David explores the languishing sex life of Eve, a writer in her early sixties who is the divorced mother of two grown daughters. Ignoring the concerns of friends and family, Eve satisfies her urges by having casual sex with the younger men she meets through online dating.

But she can't fully shake the Catholic guilt over her relentless seductiveness, that is, until she begins a revitalizing affair with Jonah, a thirty-something jazz guitarist who gives her a new lease on life and tempts her to leave behind the complicated memories of a failed marriage.

This erotic yet poignant literary work dares to venture into the aftermath of one woman's divorce and the passionate lopsided love affair that follows it. Reminiscent of Colette's Chéri, Catherine Texier's After David vividly captures a portrait of the fearlessly aging contemporary woman.

Praise for the author:

“Texier knows not to analyze or explain or blame; such things can only be understood by feeling...” —Mary Gaitskill

“Somewhere between a Henry Miller fantasy and a William Burroughs nightmare…” —Vanity Fair

“Texier writes in such a way as to allow us to experience the struggle for love and the uselessness of living without it.” —Hubert Selby Jr.

Catherine Texier is the author of six novels, including Love Me Tender, Panic Blood, Victorine, and Russian Lessons. Her memoir Breakup was an international bestseller. Victorine won Elle Magazine’s “Readers’ Best Novel of the Year” award in 2004. Love Me Tender was a Village Voice bestseller in 1987. Her work has been translated into ten languages, and has been widely reviewed in the national and international press. She has taught at Columbia University, University of Nebraska, Brooklyn College, Rutgers University and Hofstra University, and now teaches at the New School. She was born and raised in Paris, and lives in New York.



Chloé Caldwell is the author of four books: the essay collection I’ll Tell You in Person, the critically acclaimed novella, WOMEN, Legs Get Led Astray, and The Red Zone: A Love Story. Chloe’s next book, TRYING, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2025. Her novella WOMEN will be reissued by Harper Perennial on June 4th, 2024. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Bon Appétit, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Strategist, Romper, Buzzfeed, Longreads, Vice, Nylon, The Rumpus, The Sun, and half a dozen anthologies including Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC and Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class, and the forthcoming, Sluts. Her essay “Hungry Ghost” was listed as Notable in Best American Nonrequired Reading. She lives in Hudson, New York.

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