Kaethe Cherney: Happy As Larry

Tuesday December 11: 7:00PM 8:00PM

After her beloved father suddenly dies, teenage Saskia gets a crash course in growing up, in the gritty glamour of 1970s New York. Her downwardly mobile family move from Gramercy Park to the seedy Upper West Side. Her mother becomes increasingly nihilistic and embarks on a sexual walkabout, which costs her the trust of Saskia's two older siblings, who consequently run away to join the Sullivanians, a predatory psychosexual cult. Ex-communicated by her siblings, Saskia becomes her mom's mom. High school becomes all about getting high at school, as Saskia struggles with grieving, hapless crushes, fixing her family, and the desire to be loved. This witty, heartbreaking, but ultimately affirming coming-of-age novel doubles as a love letter to a Manhattan of an edgier era, and speaks to the chaos of closure and the satisfaction of self-determination.

Join us in our Rare Book Room as author Kaethe Cherny celebrates her debut novel!

Kaethe Cherney is a native New Yorker with a background in film production and development, acting, theatre and contemporary art. She holds an MA in Script Writing from Goldsmiths University. Her short film and two one-act plays have been produced in London, where she lives with her husband and two children. Happy as Larry is her first novel.

Admission Options: This event is free to attend. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.