Victoria Patterson’s collection of short stories, Drift, was released last year to much fanfare, including an interview with this here online magazine (she’s a South Pas resident), which you can read by clicking these words. Now she’s got a novel out, This Vacant Paradise, which she’ll be reading from at Vroman’s this Thursday at 7, along with fellow Counterpoint author James Brown, who is not the guy who sung “I Feel Good.” The New York Times called This Vacant Paradise a “memorable, penetrating, fully achieved novel.” According to Publisher’s Weekly, its subject matter is “the real housewives of Orange County”—or really, one in particular, Esther Wilson, who is liberated from the confines of vapid privilege by a black sheep sociology professor.
That’s Thursday. On Friday is Eleanor Brown (no relation), whose The Weird Sisters follows three daughters of an oddball Shakespeare professor home to the small college town where they grew up when their mother’s cancer treatment begins. They speak in Shakespeare-isms and bond. Our esteemed editor is reported to have enjoyed it thoroughly.
Victoria Patterson & James Brown at Vroman’s
Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Eleanor Brown at Vroman’s
Friday, March 25, 7 p.m.
695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena