Writers Series with Joyce Maynard for “The Best of Us”
October 9, 2017
Partners Village Store and Kitchen is pleased to welcome author JOYCE MAYNARD for our Partners Village Store Writers Series with author DAWN TRIPP on Tuesday, October 17th at 6pm. Maynard and Tripp will be in conversation about Maynard’s latest book THE BEST OF US: A MEMOIR described by author Joyce Carol Oates to be “so candid, so deeply moving, so powerful…a testament to human resilience. Joyce Maynard is unfathomably heroic.”
At the age of 59, Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. She married Jim Barringer on a New Hampshire hillside with friends and children gathered, fireworks exploding as they talked about the trips they would take, the olive trees they would plant, the food they would make together. How lucky, everyone said, that they had found each other when they did.
Just after their one-year anniversary, Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. And nineteen months later, having shared a struggle that consumed both their lives, Joyce lay beside him while he took his last breath.
THE BEST OF US: A MEMOIR is their story. Joyce writes about the early days of their romance, their wedding, their adjustment to living together decades after each had been divorced. And then, how everything changed during the months of Jim’s illness, and she began, painfully, to imagine a life without him. It’s a love story, but it’s also a story about seeing beyond the dream of romance and finding a deeper kind of connection.
In Joyce’s own words, “This book is the story of how I came to learn, late in the game, what it is to be married, and to love a person in a way that has nothing to do with what he has to give you. It’s not about grand passion or extraordinary sex or the exciting, wonderful future you’ll create with your amazing, handsome, dashing partner. With my husband Jim, I found my amazing, handsome, dashing partner, but when illness stripped all of that away I learned what it meant to love without asking anything back, because the act of loving was, itself, the gift.”
JOYCE MAYNARD is the author of sixteen books including the novels To Die For and Labor Day (both adapted for film) and the bestselling memoir At Home in the World, translated into seventeen languages. Her essays have appeared in dozens of publications and numerous collections. She has been a frequent performer with The Moth, a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and founder of the Lake Atitlan Writers’ Workshop. She makes her home in Lafayette, California.
Please call Partners Village Store at (508) 636-2572 or email [email protected] to reserve your seat for our conversation with Joyce Maynard and Dawn Tripp on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17TH at 6pm! As described by Publisher’s Weekly, “In this touching memoir, Maynard chronicles her second marriage. She beautifully renders the joy of falling in love later in life and the pain of watching her husband die of pancreatic cancer. Maynard’s heartfelt story will resonate with those who have lost loved ones.” Please join us for this poignant program on October 17th.