Andrea Dunlop: We Came Here to Forget (With Jamie Blynn)
Wednesday July 10: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
This event is free to attend. Copies of We Came Here to Forget will be available for purchase at the event. The event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the 3rd floor of the Strand, accessible next door at 826 Broadway.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
We Came Here to Forget tells the story of Katie Cleary who had always known exactly what she wants: to be the best skier in the world. As a teenager, she leaves her home to live and train full time with her two best friends, all-American brothers Luke and Blair, whose wealthy father has hired the best coaches money can buy. Together, they are the USA’s best shot at bringing home Olympic gold.
But as the upward trajectory of Katie’s elite skiing career nears its zenith, a terrifying truth about her sister becomes impossible to ignore—one that will lay ruin not only to Katie’s career but to her family and her relationship with Luke and Blair.
With her life shattered and nothing left to lose, Katie flees the snowy mountainsides of home for Buenos Aires. There, she reinvents herself as Liz Sullivan, and meets a colorful group of ex-pats and the alluring, charismatic Gianluca Fortunado, a tango teacher with secrets of his own. This beautiful city, with its dark history and wild promise, seems like the perfect refuge, but can she really outrun her demons?
In alternating chapters, Katie grows up, falls in love, and races down the highest peaks on the planet—while Liz is reborn, falls into lust, and sinks into the underground tango scene at the bottom of the world. From the moneyed ski chalets of the American West to the dimly lit milongas of Argentina, We Came Here to Forget explores what it means to dream, to desire, to achieve—and what’s left behind after it all disappears.
Join us as author Andrea Dunlop sits down with Jamie Blynn to discuss her new book.
Andrea Dunlop is the author of three novels including Losing the Light (February 2016), She Regrets Nothing (February 2018), and We Came Here to Forget (July 2019) all from Atria/Simon&Schuster. Her books have been featured in Town & Country, Bustle, InStyle, US Weekly, and elsewhere. In addition to her writing and social media work, Andrea is an accomplished speaker and has presented at book and publishing conferences nationwide including The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Conference, The Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference, and many others.
Jamie Blynn is a New York City based entertainment writer and editor. In addition to reviewing must-read novels and moderating book panels, Jamie covers movies (she followed Brad Pitt into a bathroom), music (she's had sundaes with Justin Bieber) and television (yes, she knows who wins The Bachelor). Still, one of her greatest achievements is getting Dancing with the Stars' Val Chmerkovskiy to strip on camera. Twice. Jamie's work has appeared in Us Weekly, Today, Architectural Digest, Refinery29, Mental Floss, Bustle and Well+Good among others. Right now, she's most likely reading the next bestseller — or convincing others to do the same.