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'The Book of V' Author Anna Solomon discusses how women's lives and choices have and haven't changed

September 24, 2020
12:00 PM EDT to 1:15 PM EDT
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*Please note two part registration process.  See steps below.*

Anna Solomon's acclaimed novel The Book of V. intertwines the stories of three very different women from three different times and places--contemporary Brooklyn, 1970s Washington, D.C., and ancient Persia--to explore ever-relevant questions of power, freedom, and desire. Join her for a talk and Q&A. All registrants will have the opportunity to order a signed copy of the book at a reduced rate.

Anna Solomon is the author of two previous novels, “Leaving Lucy Pear” and “The Little Bride,” and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, One Story, Ploughshares, and Slate. She is also co-editor of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers, and previously worked as a radio journalist. Born and raised in Gloucester, MA, she now makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and two children.

About the book:

Lily is a mother and a daughter. And a second wife. And a writer, maybe? Or she was going to be, before she had children. Now, in her rented Brooklyn apartment she’s grappling with her sexual and intellectual desires, while also trying to manage her roles as a mother and a wife in 2016.

Vivian Barr seems to be the perfect political wife, dedicated to helping her charismatic and ambitious husband find success in Watergate-era Washington D.C. But one night he demands a humiliating favor, and her refusal to obey changes the course of her life—along with the lives of others.

Esther is a fiercely independent young woman in ancient Persia, where she and her uncle’s tribe live a tenuous existence outside the palace walls. When an innocent mistake results in devastating consequences for her people, she is offered up as a sacrifice to please the King, in the hopes that she will save them all.

In Anna Solomon's The Book of V., these three characters' riveting stories overlap and ultimately collide, illuminating how women’s lives have and have not changed over thousands of years.


The engrossing, highly readable, darkly sexy third novel by Anna Solomon…The Book of V. is a meditation on female power and powerlessness, the stories told about women and the ones we tell about and to ourselves.” —The New York Times Book Review

“An absorbing story about desire, power imbalances and the quest for self-determination—a feminist rallying cry born in the private spaces of women’s lives.” People Magazine, *Book of the Week*

"The Book of V. is brainy and sexy and roots us so completely in these three women’s bodies and lives, that I couldn’t put it down. The writing is so brilliant some passages took my breath away, and when I thought I knew where the novel was headed, I was wrong. This novel is a gift, and I highly recommend you read it." Ann Napolitano, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Edward

"Irresistible, sexy and intelligent…The Book of V. radiates a dynamism that invites rereads and generously keeps giving—challenging and arousing us as it delights." The Washington Post

“Compulsively readable . . . blending real history and radical fiction into one enthralling whole." —Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Books of 2020 So Far

Important information about registration:

Registration for this event is a two part process. The registration tickets listed here are to attend the virtual event.  In a second step, you will be able to purchase a signed copy of the book at a reduced rate.

Step 1 - Register below on the WWLI website to attend the virtual event with Anna Solomon on September 24th.  

Step 2 - After you register, you will receive a post registration message with a link and code to purchase a signed copy of the book at a 10% discount (off standard price of $27.99) and have the book mailed directly to you.  You must order through Politics and Prose to receive the signed copy of the book. 


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