Saturday, Jun 11, 2022 3:00 PM
A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
An irresistible story of a woman remaking her life after her husband’s betrayal leads to a year of travel, art, and passion in Paris, from the award-winning author of “This Close to Okay.”
A Cappella Books welcomes Leesa Cross-Smith for an afternoon discussion and signing of her new book, “Half-Blown Rose.” The author will appear in conversation with ArtsATL Editor-at-Large and “Collective Knowledge’ host, Gail O’Neill.
This event is free and open to the public, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. Masks are required.
If you are unable to attend, you may pre-order a signed copy of the book below.
About the Book
Vincent, having grown up as the privileged daughter of artists, has a lovely life in many ways. At forty-four, she enjoys strolling the streets of Paris and teaching at the modern art museum; she has a vibrant group of friends; and she’s even caught the eye of a young, charismatic man named Loup. But Vincent is also in Paris to escape a painful betrayal: her husband, Cillian, has published a bestselling book divulging secrets about their marriage and his own past, hinting that when he was a teenager, he may have had a child with a young woman back in Dublin—before he moved to California and never returned.
Now estranged from her husband, Vincent has agreed to see Cillian again at their son’s wedding the following summer, but Loup introduces new complications. Soon they begin an intense affair, and somewhere between dinners made together, cigarettes smoked in the moonlight, hazy evenings in nightclubs, and long, starry walks along the Seine, Vincent feels herself loosening and blossoming.
In a journey that is both transportive and intimate, “Half-Blown Rose” traverses Paris, art, travel, liminal spaces, and the messy complexities of relationships and romance, with excerpts from Cillian’s novel, playlists, and journal entries woven throughout. As Cillian does all he can to win her back, Vincent must decide what she wants . . . and who she will be.
About the Author
Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and the author of “Every Kiss A War,” “Whiskey & Ribbons,” “So We Can Glow,” and “This Close to Okay.” She lives in Kentucky with her husband and their two teenagers. Find more at LeesaCrossSmith.com.