9th Ave: Emma Copley Eisenberg with Nina LaCour

Monday, June 24, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave in the Inner Sunset.

Cover of Emma Copley Eisenberg's Housemates. The cover is a photograph pf row houses, colorized blue. The sky of the photo is a pink and green.
Join us on Monday, June 24 at 7pm PT when Emma Copley Eisenberg joins us to celebrate the release of her novel, Housemates, with Nina LaCour at 9th Ave!

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Praise for Housemates
“Gorgeous . . . Housemates is a novel as full as life itself, about art-making and love and friendship and making a way in the world, complicated, funny, questioning, moral. Bernie and Leah are still with me. I won’t ever forget them.”—Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Hero of This Book

“A perfect novel about making art, making a life, and how to do those things at the same time, with other people.”—Hilary Leichter, “A Year in Reading” at The Millions

“Radiant and invigoratingly truthful, Housemates invites us to think about the community and country that are possible when we love.”—Megha Majumdar, New York Times bestselling author of A Burning

About Housemates
Two young housemates embark on a road trip to discover themselves in a fractured America in this sparkling novel of love, friendship and chosen family, by the award-winning author of The Third Rainbow Girl

What does it feel like, standing in the moments that will mark your life?

When Bernie replies to Leah's ad for a new housemate in Philadelphia, the two begin an intense and defiantly uncategorizable friendship based on a mutual belief in their art, and one another. Both aspire to capture the world around them: Leah through her writing; Bernie through her photography.

After Bernie's former photography professor, the renowned yet tarnished Daniel Dunn, dies and leaves her a complicated inheritance, Leah volunteers to accompany Bernie to his home in rural Pennsylvania, turning the jaunt into a road trip with an ambitious mission: to document America through words and photographs. 

What ensues is a three-week journey into the heart of the nation, bringing the artists into conversation with people from all walks of life—“the absurd dreamers and failures of this wide, wide country”—as they try to make sense of the times they are living in. Along the way, Leah and Bernie discover what it means to to pursue their own ideas and dreams, and to embrace what they are capable of both romantically and artistically.

Housemates is a warm and insightful coming-of-age story of youth and freedom, a glorious celebration of queer life, and how art and love might save us all.

About Emma Copley Eisenberg
Emma Copley Eisenberg
 is a queer writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her first book, The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia, was named a New York Times Notable Book and was nominated for an Edgar Award, a Lambda Literary Award, and an Anthony Award, among other honors. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, McSweeney’s, VQR, American Short Fiction, and other publications. Raised in New York City, she lives in Philadelphia, where she co-founded Blue Stoop, a community hub for the literary arts.

About Nina LaCour
Nina LaCour is the bestselling and Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of picture books, a chapter book series, young adult novels, and adult literary fiction. Her novel We Are Okay was named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 YA Novels of All Time. Her adult literary debut, Yerba Buena, was a Book of the Month Club selection, Target Book Club selection, and Indie Next Pick. Garnering starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, BookPage, Booklist, and others, Nina’s books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Housemates: A Novel By Emma Copley Eisenberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593242230
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Published: Hogarth - May 28th, 2024

Two young housemates embark on a road trip to discover themselves in this sparkling novel of love, friendship, and chosen family in a fractured America, by the award-winning author of The Third Rainbow Girl

The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia By Emma Copley Eisenberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316449212
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Published: Hachette Books - January 19th, 2021

*** A NEW YORK TIMES "100 Notable Books of 2020" ***

A stunning, complex narrative about the fractured legacy of a decades-old double murder in rural West Virginia—and the writer determined to put the pieces back together.

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