Jenny Lee: Anna K: A Love Story (with Camille Perri)
Monday March 9: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
Anna K is no ordinary girl, and this is no ordinary love story. Snapped up by HBO Max for a TV series in a heated Hollywood auction, Jenny Lee’s debut YA novel, Anna K: A Love Story (Flatiron Books; March 3, 2020; Ages 14 & Up), reimagines Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina in the modern day through the eyes of an affluent, Korean-American teen as she and her friends navigate the deliciously scandalous upper-class societies of New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut.
Seventeen-year-old Anna is on track to lead her most perfect life. Living lavishly near her private school in Greenwich, Anna enjoys the security of her Ivy League boyfriend and the comfort of her beloved dogs and horses. However, when her older brother begs her to return home to New York City and help him sort out a sexting scandal, Anna meets a boy who threatens to throw her entire life off course. A notorious playboy, Alexia “Count” Vronsky is everything Anna isn’t: impulsive, wild, and ready to risk it all to be with her. As the two become entangled in an irresistible affair, Anna is forced to confront whether the life she always thought she would lead is the one she truly wants. A fresh, diverse take on a renowned classic, Anna K offers up an electrifying and heart-wrenching tale that holds true to the timeless themes of Tolstoy’s work—with a bit more sex, drugs, and selfies along the way.
Join us in the 2nd floor Art Department for a discussion about Anna K: A Love Story with author Jenny Lee.
Jenny Lee is a television writer and producer who has worked on BET’s Boomerang, IFC’s Brockmire, Freeform’s Young & Hungry, and the Disney Channel’s number-one-rated kids' show, Shake It Up. Jenny is the author of four humor essay collections and two middle grade novels. Anna K: A Love Story is her debut YA novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 135-pound Newfoundland, Gemma (and yes, it’s a toss-up on who's walking who every day). Instagram: @jennyleewrites. Photo courtesy of Jackson Berlin.
Camille Perri is the author of The Assistants and When Katie Met Cassidy. She has worked as a books editor for Cosmopolitan and Esquire. She has also been a ghostwriter of young adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from New York University and a master of library science degree from Queens College.