We are thrilled to partner with Yaddo to bring the best in new writing and new ideas to the Capital District. Our speaker series Yaddo Presents continues with an evening with author Lynn Freed on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm.
This special pre-publication event celebrates Freed's novel The Last Laugh, which is scheduled for release in July 2017. Our customers will be the first to see this deeply funny new novel.
The Last Laugh is a witty new novel about three self-proclaimed old bags who run off to a Greek island.
Since their children left home, Ruth, Dania, and Bess have grown used to living wonderfully free lives. Only now they re beset by children again this time, their grandchildren. In order to escape, they decide to run away to Greece together for a year.
At first, settled on a glorious island, barefoot and contented, they think they ve rediscovered the wheel. But then things begin to go awry. Dionysus, a local poet, takes up with Bess, at least until his wife gets wind of things. Dania, a therapist, is being stalked by one of her patients. And Ruth's ex-lover turns up out of the blue, closely followed by the man who lost Bess her fortune. It doesn t help when the children and grandchildren also start turning up whenever they feel like it. As Bess writes in one of Ruth's weekly Granny a Go Go columns, this is not an Enchanted April sort of year.
Lynn Freed's previous novels have received rave reviews everywhere from The New York Times Book Review ( Makes us laugh while packing, finally, a punch ), to the Los Angeles Times Book Review ( Deeply absorbing and ambitious . . . Astonishingly vivid ). In The Last Laugh she returns with a beautifully written and funny novel about money, sex, friendship, and the pleasures and perils of children.