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Emily Gray Tedrowe | The Talented Miss Farwell Virtual Event

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

Join us for a discussion with Emily Gray Tedrowe about her new novel The Talented Miss Farwell, which follows the life of a con artist and art collector. She will be in conversation with Mary Martin, owner of the Green Door Gallery in St. Louis and Anne Leners, docent at the St. Louis Art Museum.

Registration for this free event is optional but recommended. The conversation will be streamed live to the Novel Neighbor’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Signed bookplates are available with any order of The Talented Miss Farwell made through the Novel Neighbor. You may purchase them as an add-on with your free event registration or through our website.

This event is presented by The Novel Neighbor in partnership with Green Door Art Gallery.

     

ABOUT THE TALENTED MISS FARWELL

Catch Me If You Can meets Patricia Highsmith in this electrifying page-turner of greed and obsession, survival and self-invention that is a piercing character study of one unforgettable female con artist.

At the end of the 1990s, with the art market finally recovered from its disastrous collapse, Miss Rebecca Farwell has made a killing at Christie’s in New York City, selling a portion of her extraordinary art collection for a rumored 900 percent profit. Dressed in couture YSL, drinking the finest champagne at trendy Balthazar, Reba, as she’s known, is the picture of a wealthy art collector. To some, the elusive Miss Farwell is a shark with outstanding business acumen. To others, she’s a heartless capitalist whose only interest in art is how much she can make.

But a thousand miles from the Big Apple, in the small town of Pierson, Illinois, Miss Farwell is someone else entirely—a quiet single woman known as Becky who still lives in her family’s farmhouse, wears sensible shoes, and works tirelessly as the town’s treasurer and controller.

No one understands the ins and outs of Pierson’s accounts better than Becky; she’s the last one in the office every night, crunching the numbers. Somehow, her neighbors marvel, she always finds a way to get the struggling town just a little more money. What Pierson doesn’t see—and can never discover—is that much of that money is shifted into a separate account that she controls, “borrowed” funds used to finance her art habit. Though she quietly repays Pierson when she can, the business of art is cutthroat and unpredictable.

But as Reba Farwell’s deals get bigger and bigger, Becky Farwell’s debt to Pierson spirals out of control. How long can the talented Miss Farwell continue to pull off her double life?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emily Gray Tedrowe is the author of two previous novels, BLUE STARS and COMMUTERS. She earned a PhD in literature from New York University and a BA from Princeton University. She has received an Illinois Arts Council award as well as fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. A frequent book reviewer for USA Today and other publications, Tedrowe also writes essays, interviews, and short stories. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Details

Date:
October 13
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free