“Small World” Author Laura Zigman In Conversation With Elissa Altman

march, 2023

25mar4:00 pm5:00 pmFeatured"Small World" Author Laura Zigman In Conversation With Elissa AltmanThe Hickory Stick Bookshop4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Road Washington Depot, CT 06793

Event Details

Author, Laura Zigman, will be in conversation with Elissa Altman, another author, about her new book “Small World” on Saturday March 25th at 4.00 pm. This event will take place at The Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot, CT 06794. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and a book signing.

Laura Zigman is the author of five novels, including Separation Anxiety (which was optioned by Julianne Nicholson and the production company Wiip (Mare of Easttown) for a limited television series); Animal Husbandry (which was made into the movie Someone Like You, starring Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd), Dating Big Bird, Her, and Piece of Work. She has ghostwritten/collaborated on several works of non-fiction, including Eddie Izzard’s New York Times bestseller, Believe Me; been a contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post; produced a popular online series of animated videos called Annoying Conversations; and was the recipient of a Yaddo residency. Her sixth novel, Small World, was published in January by Ecco Books.

It’s a heartfelt novel about two offbeat and newly divorced sisters who move in together as adults–and finally reckon with their childhood. A year after her divorce, Joyce is settling into being single again. She likes her job archiving family photos and videos, and she’s developed a secret comforting hobby: trolling the neighborhood social networking site, Small World, for posts that help solve life’s easiest problems. When her older sister, Lydia, also divorced, calls to tell her she’s moving back east from Los Angeles after almost thirty years away, Joyce invites Lydia to move into her Cambridge apartment. Temporarily. Just until she finds a place of her own.

But their unlikely cohabitation–not helped by annoying new neighbors upstairs–turns out to be the post-divorce rebound relationship Joyce hadn’t planned on. Instead of forging the bond she always dreamed of having with Lydia, their relationship frays. And they rarely discuss the loss of their sister, Eleanor, who was significantly disabled and died when she was only ten years old. When new revelations from their family’s history come to light, will those secrets further split them apart, or course correct their connection for the future?

Written with wry humor and keen sensitivity, Small World is a powerful novel of sisterhood and hope–a reminder that sometimes you have to look back in order to move ahead.

Elissa Altman is the James Beard Award-winning author of the memoirs Motherland, Treyf, Poor Man’s Feast, and the upcoming On Permission. A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, Connecticut Book Award, and Maine Literary Award for memoir, Altman’s work has appeared in Orion, On Being, O: The Oprah Magazine, LitHub, the Wall Street Journal, Dame, Lion’s Roar, The Guardian, and the Washington Post, where her column, Feeding My Mother, ran for a year. Altman writes and speaks widely on the intersection of sustenance, nature, and the creative spirit, and has appeared live on the TEDx stage and at the Public Theater in New York. She teaches the craft of memoir at the Fine Arts Work Center, Maine Writers & Publishers, College of William and Mary, and internationally. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

This event is free and open to the public. Books are available now in store or by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. Reserve your copy now! Shop our website 24/7 at hickorystickbookshop.com.


(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Hickory Stick Bookshop

2 Green Hill Road Washington Depot, CT 06793