Book Club and Author Event with Alison Espach, "Notes On Your Sudden Disappearance"

Please join us as we welcome author

Alison Espach

to Barrington Books for a reading and signing of her new novel,

Notes On Your Sudden Disappearance.


*We are thrilled to be restarting our in-store book club this month, and we hope you will join us for what is sure to be an interesting and special night!

If you have not yet read the book, don't worry - we will warn you of spoilers!

Bring something to nibble on and drink (for yourself or to share!), and gather with other members of the community to discuss the book and hear from the author.


About the author:

Alison Espach is the author of the novel The Adults, a New York Times Editors' Choice and a Barnes & Noble Discover pick. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Vogue, Joyland, GlamourSalon, and McSweeney’s, among other places. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Providence College in Rhode Island.


About the book:

For much of her life, Sally Holt has been mystified by the things her older sister, Kathy, seems to have been born knowing. Kathy has answers for all of Sally’s questions about life, about love, and about Billy Barnes, a rising senior and local basketball star who mans the concession stand at the town pool. The girls have been fascinated by Billy ever since he jumped off the roof in elementary school, but Billy has never shown much interest in them until the summer before Sally begins eighth grade. By then, their mutual infatuation with Billy is one of the few things the increasingly different sisters have in common. Sally spends much of that summer at the pool, watching in confusion and excitement as her sister falls deeper in love with Billy—until a tragedy leaves Sally’s life forever intertwined with his.

Opening in the early nineties and charting almost two decades of shared history and missed connections, Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance is both a breathtaking love story about two broken people who are unexplainably, inconveniently drawn to each other and a wryly astute coming-of-age tale brimming with unexpected moments of joy.


Praise for Notes On Your Sudden Disappearance:

An Indie Next pick for June 2022
USA Today "Must Read"
Named a “Most Anticipated Book of May” by The Millions

“Incongruously funny...Ms. Espach uses irony well.”
—Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“Inventive and powerful...Espach captures the minutiae of love and loss with unflinching clarity and profound compassion, and pulls off the second-person point of view unusually well. Readers will be deeply moved.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This tragicomic bildungsroman in the shadow of loss will invade your heart and hold on tight.”

“A marvelous exercise in voice…Never contrived, the novel is beautifully written, making even the quotidian details of Sally’s life fascinating, in part because the story invites such a deep emotional involvement with the fully realized characters and, indeed, with the entirety of this splendid and memorable book.”
Booklist (starred review)




Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Barrington Books, 184 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806


Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250823144
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 17th, 2022



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