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Gina Frangello in conversation with Audrey Niffenegger

  • The Book Cellar 4736 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL, 60625 United States (map)

The Book Cellar is very excited to welcome Gina Frangello and Audrey Niffenegger as they discuss Gina's new book Every Kind of Wanting!

GINA FRANGELLO's last novel, A Life in Men, was selected for the Target Emerging Authors series, has been optioned by Universal Cable Productions/Denver & Delilah, and was a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of two other books of fiction: Slut Lullabies, which was a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister’s Continent. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press, Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community, The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, the Executive Editor for Other Voices magazine, and the faculty editor for TriQuarterly Online. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, Dame, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and in many other magazines and anthologies. She is currently the faculty editor of The Coachella Review, and teaches at Roosevelt University, the University of IL-Chicago, and the University of CA-Riverside Palm Desert’s low residency MFA.

Every Kind of Wanting explores the complex intersection of three unique families and their bustling efforts to have a "Community Baby." Miguel could not be more different from his partner Chad, a happy-go-lucky real estate mogul from Chicago’s wealthy North Shore. When Chad’s sister, Gretchen offers the couple an egg, their search for a surrogate leads them to Miguel’s old friend Emily, happily married to an eccentric Irish playwright, Nick, with whom she is raising two boys. Into this web falls Miguel's sister Lina, a former addict and stripper, who begins a passionate affair with Nick while deciphering the mysteries of her past.

But every action these couples take has unforeseen consequences. As Lina faces her long-hidden demons and the fragile friendships between Miguel, Chad, Nick and Emily begin to fray as the baby's birth draws near, a shocking turn of events—and the secret Lina's been hiding—threaten to break them apart forever.