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Like a House on Fire: Lauren McBrayer in conversation with Susan Landrum

Event date: 
Friday, April 29, 2022 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

Charis welcomes Lauren McBrayer in conversation with Susan Landrum for a celebration of Like a House on Fire. “With a zippy pace, punchy dialogue, and beautifully crafted sentences that manage to capture the tenderness of longing and self-discovery, Merit and Jane’s love story feels both realistic and escapist, a queer romance done right.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

What would you do if you found the spark that made you feel whole again?

After twelve years of marriage and two kids, Merit has begun to feel like a stranger in her own life. She loves her husband and sons, but she desperately needs something more than sippy cups and monthly sex. So, she returns to her career at Jager + Brandt, where a brilliant and beautiful Danish architect named Jane decides to overlook the “break” in Merit’s résumé and give her a shot.
 
Jane is a supernova—witty and dazzling and unapologetically herself—and as the two work closely together, their relationship becomes a true friendship. In Jane, Merit sees the possibility of what a woman could be. And Jane sees Merit exactly for who she is. Not the wife and mother dutifully performing the roles expected of her, but a whole person.
 
Their relationship quickly becomes a cornerstone in Merit’s life. And as Merit starts to open her mind to the idea of more—more of a partner, more of a match, more out of love—she begins to question: What if the love of her life isn’t the man she married. What if it’s Jane?

Lauren McBrayer is a graduate of Yale with a law degree from UC Berkeley. A working mom of three, she is the head of business affairs for an entertainment company in Los Angeles. Like a House on Fire is her adult debut. 

Susan Landrum has served as a board member of Charis Circle since 2015. She is a native of Atlanta and first stepped into Charis as a senior in high school to be a part of the Young Writers Group led by Linda Bryant. This transformative experience forever shaped her understanding of intersectional feminism and planted the seeds of love for community building and writing. Susan most recently served as the Executive Director for VOX ATL, Atlanta’s home for uncensored teen publishing and self-expression. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She is fueled by plenty of coffee, books, friendship, family, and perfect spring days in Atlanta. 

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Event address: 
CROWDCAST
Like a House on Fire By Lauren McBrayer Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593331828
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 26th, 2022

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What would you do if you found the spark that made you feel whole again?


Event Summary: 
With a zippy pace, punchy dialogue, and beautifully crafted sentences that manage to capture the tenderness of longing and self-discovery, Merit and Jane’s love story feels both realistic and escapist, a queer romance done right.