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It’s summertime, so what better way to spend your evening than by discovering a fresh new voice in fiction at our Summer by the Sea Dinner Adventure, featuring debut novelist Nicola Harrison, in conversation with New York Times bestselling and beloved San Diego author Michelle Gable.
Don’t miss this delightful Adventure at King’s Fish House, where Nicola and Michelle will discuss Montauk, Nicola’s captivating debut novel that brings to life the glamour and romance of a summer by the sea about a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires.
Your Adventure includes a pre-fixe dinner, soft drink, tax, gratuity, author presentation, book signing, and the opportunity to enjoy conversation with Nicola and Michelle and other reading enthusiasts in an intimate setting.
Originally from Hampshire, England, Nicola Harrison moved to California when she was 14. She studied Literature at UCLA and received an MFA in creative writing at Stony Brook University. She is a member of The Writers Room and has short stories published in The Southhampton Review and Glimmer Train as well as articles in Los Angeles Magazine and Orange Coast Magazine.
She was the fashion and style staff writer for Forbes and had a weekly column at Lucky Magazine. Nicola is also the founder of a personal styling business, Harrison Style. She has spent many summers in Montauk and currently lives in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Montauk is her first novel.
About the Book: Montauk, Long Island, 1938. For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city.
College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was.
As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future.
Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apart…
Michelle Gable is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, I’ll See You in Paris, The Book of Summer, and most recently, The Summer I Met Jack.
Michelle grew up in sunny San Diego and began writing in fourth grade after her parents gave her a book called Someday You’ll Write. She later attended The College of William & Mary and majored in accounting, and pursued work in finance and investment banking before turning her skills to writing.
From age 10 and ever since, she wrote. Nearly every day. she wrote at five o’clock in the morning, or eleven o’clock at night, or while her children assembled their own school lunches. I’ll See You in Paris was written almost entirely by hand, sitting behind softball dugouts or in the car while her daughters warmed up pitching and catching.
“That, my friends, is my #1 tip for becoming a published author. You write. No matter what.”