What makes a family? New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Brown dares to answer just that with her striking and intimate new novel, Any Other Family. And what better way to discuss a family-themed book than with a family-style dinner with the author, in the fun and eclectic Buca di Beppo restaurant.
Your Adventure includes an authentic Italian dinner at the Carlsbad Buca di Beppo Restaurant that includes salad, entrée, bread, dessert, soft beverage, tax, gratuity, author presentation, book signing, and the opportunity to engage in meaningful and intimate conversation with Eleanor. Pre-order your hardcover copy of Any Other Family along with your dinner registration and receive at a special discount.
*Special dietary requests are available upon request with seven days’ notice.
Eleanor Brown is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of The Weird Sisters and The Light of Paris. Her writing has been hailed by People magazine as “delightful” and “creative and original” by Library Journal.
In addition to her fiction writing, Eleanor edited the anthology A Paris All Your Own. Her book reviews, interviews, and essays have been featured in publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Publishers Weekly. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Eleanor lives with her family in Colorado.
Her new novel, Any Other Family, is about about three very different women facing an impossible question: What makes a family?
Though they look like any other family, they aren’t one—not quite. They are three sets of parents who find themselves intertwined after adopting four biological siblings, having committed to keeping the children as connected as possible.
At the heart of the family, the adoptive mothers grapple to define themselves and their new roles. Tabitha, who adopted the twins, crowns herself planner of the group, responsible for coordinating playdates and holidays, determined to create a perfect happy family. Quiet and steady Ginger, single mother to the eldest daughter, is wary of the way these complicated not-quite-family relationships test her boundaries. And Elizabeth is terrified that her unhappiness after adopting a newborn means she was not meant to be a mother at all.
Pushed into uncomfortably close quarters on their first family vacation, when they receive a call from their children’s birth mother announcing she is pregnant again, the delicate bonds the women are struggling to form threaten to collapse.
Deeply empathetic and shrewdly observed, Any Other Family opens a conversation about modern adoption, the rules of family, and what it means to be a good parent.
The first Buca di Beppo opened its doors in 1993 in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building. Since then, they’ve grown to over 100 locations worldwide. Their mission is to capture the fun and enthusiasm of an authentic Italian gathering along with delectable food. Every Buca di Beppo restaurant offers an eclectic setting designed to make every occasion a party! Their dishes are inspired by the cuisine enjoyed for generations in villages throughout Italy. Their dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by the entire table. Nothing brings a group closer together than trying a bit of this and a taste of that.