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Staples Graduate Dishes On New Novel At Westport Library

Ted Thompson
Ted Thompson Photo Credit: Carrie McClean

WESTPORT, Conn. - Westport native Ted Thompson will discuss his novel, "The Land Of Steady Habits" in the Westport Library's McManus Room.

He will chat about the book with Westporter Kathy Knapp, an assistant UConn English professor and author of an upcoming book on the 21st-century suburban novel. The event will be on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing afterward.

Coming of age can happen at the strangest times. In Staples graduate (1999) Thompson's first novel, "The Land of Steady Habits," a man in his early 60s, seemingly ensconced in an affluent, morally strict Connecticut hamlet, abandons his career and family for a new condo and new life, embarking on a clumsy, hilarious and heartbreaking journey to reconcile his past with his present.

Selected as the Amazon Best Book of April 2014, Thompson's book earned high praise from Booklist: "Filled with heartache and humor, this assured, compassionate first novel channels the suburban angst of Updike and Cheever, updating the narrative of midlife dissatisfaction with a scathing dissection of America's imploding economy...with pitch-perfect prose and endearingly melancholy characters, Thompson offers up a heartbreaking vision of an ailing family and country."

Thompson's stories have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction and Best New American Voices, and he was a Truman Capote fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

For further information, call 203-291-4800, or check westportlibrary.org.

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