Join us for a conversation with Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr about their co-written novel for young adults, Roomies.
When Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment at the beginning of summer, she shoots off an email to coordinate the basics: TV, microwave, mini-fridge. She can't wait to escape her New Jersey beach town, and her mom, and start her life over in California.
The first note from Elizabeth comes as a surprise to Lauren in San Francisos; she had requested a single. But if Lauren's learned anything from being the oldest of six, it's that you can't always get what you want, especially when what you want is privacy.
Soon the girls are emailing back and forth, sharing secrets even though they've never met. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by chance, it suddenly seems liuke the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives... and each other.
Tara Altebrando grew up in Staten Island and, at press time, has lived in 4 of New York City's 5 boroughs. She is the author of Dreamland Social Club and McNally Jackson favorite The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life.
Sara Zarr is a National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl and a two-time Utah Book Award winner. She served on the National Book Award committee in 2010, and is a professor of Creative Writing at Lesley University's low-residency MFA program.
Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 6:00pm
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10012-3309 New Yorkus