Writers Bloc Presents
with Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Watch the conversation here:
“It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.” If Charles Dickens were to hand out permission slips so writers could mangle his lines, it would have delighted him to grant one to serious humorist Annabelle Gurwitch, clearly one of the funnier chroniclers of our era. Much has been written about life’s midlife surprises and disappointments, but Gurwitch puts a singularly and really funny voice to her experience, experience to which we can all relate. Buying a new couch becomes an obsessive endeavor. Navigating financial downward spiral and craving luxury pillows is all-consuming. And being middle aged, her advantage and her, well, occasional disadvantage. Gurwitch’s new terrific book, You’re Leaving When?, is as much a brilliantly funny cautionary tale about life’s uncertainties as it is a record of our times. Amidst divorce and family revelations, terrifying financial struggles, deaths of parents, COVID’s punishing pummels on her comedy tours, Gurwitch gifts us her relentless search for joy, a bit of luxury, and enormous laughs.
Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney wrote her first novel, The Nest, several years ago, and it became an enduring and knock-out bestseller. Not only that, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by a slew of respectable institutions, including The Washington Post, NPR, Refinery29, and many others. In her highly anticipated new novel, Good Company, Sweeney again tells a great story about family, and the incidents that can pierce us, and put us back together again.