Abandon Me: An Evening With Melissa Febos Featuring Molly Brodak and Lydia Conklin

Event date: 
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

From the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart, comes Melissa Febos' new memoir, Abandon Me. In Abandon Me, Febos captures the intense bonds of love and the need for connection -- with family, lovers, and oneself. First, her birth father, who left her with only an inheritance of addiction and Native American blood, its meaning a mystery. As Febos tentatively reconnects, she sees how both these lineages manifest in her own life, marked by compulsion and an instinct for self-erasure. Meanwhile, she remains closely tied to the sea captain who raised her, his parenting ardent but intermittent as his work took him away for months at a time. Woven throughout is the hypnotic story of an all-consuming, long-distance love affair with a woman, marked equally by worship and withdrawal. In visceral, erotic prose, Febos captures their mutual abandonment to passion and obsession -- and the terror and exhilaration of losing herself in another. 

Febos will be joined in conversation with fellow memoirist Molly Brodak (Bandit) and graphic fiction writer Lydia Conklin for a wide ranging conversation on family legacies, the poetics of queer love, and the ways we write ourselves home. 

This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5. 

Event address: 
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Charis Books and More
Atlanta, GA 30307
Abandon Me: Memoirs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632866578
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 28th, 2017

Named One of the Best Books of 2017 by:
Esquire, Refinery29, LitHub, BookRiot, Medium, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Largehearted Boy, The Coil and The Cut.

Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312583781
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 19th, 2011

A dark, wild, powerful memoir about a young woman's transformation from college student to professional dominatrix

Bandit: A Daughter's Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802125637
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - October 4th, 2016

"Raw, poetic and compulsively readable. In Molly Brodak's dazzling memoir, Bandit, her eye is so honest, I found myself nodding like I was agreeing with her, sometimes cringing at what she sustained, and laughing--often. I can't wait to buy a copy for everyone I know."--Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help