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Julia Claiborne Johnson, BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME, with Steven Rowley

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 7:00pm


East City Bookshop welcomes Julia Claiborne Johnson with her new novel Better Luck Next Time, in conversation with author Steven Rowley.

Tickets to this event include signed copies of Better Luck Next Time and can be purchased here via Eventbrite. All prices include sales tax and shipping. This virtual event will be hosted via Crowdcast and the link and password will be emailed to attendees the day of the event. Sales to the event will close 24 hours before the start of the event to allow attendees emails to be communicated to the publisher, who is hosting the Crowdcast.

About Better Luck Next Time:

The eagerly anticipated second novel from the bestselling author of Be Frank with Me, a charming story of endings, new beginnings, and the complexities and complications of friendship and love, set in late 1930s Reno.

It’s 1938 and women seeking a quick, no-questions split from their husbands head to the “divorce capital of the world,” Reno, Nevada. There’s one catch: they have to wait six-weeks to become “residents.” Many of these wealthy, soon-to-be divorcees flock to the Flying Leap, a dude ranch that caters to their every need.

Twenty-four-year-old Ward spent one year at Yale before his family lost everything in the Great Depression; now he’s earning an honest living as a ranch hand at the Flying Leap. Admired for his dashing good looks—“Cary Grant in cowboy boots”—Ward thinks he’s got the Flying Leap’s clients all figured out. But two new guests are about to upend everything he thinks he knows: Nina, a St Louis heiress and amateur pilot back for her third divorce, and Emily, whose bravest moment in life was leaving her cheating husband back in San Francisco and driving herself to Reno.

A novel about divorce, marriage, and everything that comes in between (money, class, ambition, and opportunity), Better Luck Next Time is a hilarious yet poignant examination of the ways friendship can save us, love can destroy us, and the family we create can be stronger than the family we come from.

Julia Claiborne Johnson is the author of the bestselling Be Frank with Me (2016), a finalist for the American Bookseller’s Association Best Debut Novel Award. She grew up on a farm in Tennessee before moving to New York City, where she worked at Mademoiselle and Glamour magazines. She now lives in Los Angeles with her comedy-writer husband and their two children.

Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, a Washington Post Notable Book of 2016 and The Editor, named by NPR and Esquire Magazine as one of the Best Books of 2019, and by O Magazine as one of the LGBT books changing the literary landscape. His new novel, The Guncle, arrives May 25th, 2021. Rowley’s fiction has been published in nineteen languages.

Better Luck Next Time: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062916365
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Custom House - January 5th, 2021

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The Guncle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525542285
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 25th, 2021