Book Launch! HARD GIRLS by J. Robert Lennon

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

We’re excited to host the launch of J. Robert Lennon’s new novel—Hard Girls—at the shop on Wednesday, February 21st at 7PM.

J. Robert Lennon is the author of nine novels, including FamiliarBroken River, and Subdivision, and the story collections Pieces for the Left HandSee You in Paradise, and Let Me Think. His short fiction has appeared in The New YorkerHarper'sPlayboyGrantaThe Paris ReviewElectric Literature, and elsewhere, and his criticism in The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, The Nation, and The London Review of Books. He lives in Ithaca, New York.


Jane Pool likes her safe, suburban existence just fine. She has a house, a family, (an infuriating mother-in-law,) and a quiet-if-unfulfilling administrative job at the local college. Everything is wonderfully, numbingly normal. Yet Jane remains haunted by her past: her mercurial, absent mother, her parents' secrets, and the act of violence that transformed her life.

When her estranged twin, Lila, makes contact, claiming to know where their mother is and why she left all those years ago, Jane agrees to join her, desperate for answers and the chance to reconnect with the only person who really knew her true self. Yet as the hunt becomes treacherous, and pulls the two women to the earth's distant corners, they find themselves up against their mother's subterfuge and the darkness that always stalked their family. Now Jane stands to lose the life she's made for the one that has been impossible to escape.

Set in both the Pool family's past and their present, and melding elements of a chase novel, an espionage thriller, and domestic suspense, Hard Girls is an utterly distinctive pastiche--propulsive, mysterious, cracked, intelligent, and unexpected at every turn.

Event address: 
115 W Green St, Lwr
Ithaca, NY 14850-5419
Hard Girls By J. Robert Lennon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316550581
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Published: Mulholland Books - February 20th, 2024