Saturday, Aug 20, 2022 3:00 PM
A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
The acclaimed, bestselling author of “This Could Hurt” returns with her biggest, boldest novel yet—an electrifying, twisty, and deeply emotional family drama, set on Manhattan’s glittering Upper East Side, that explores the dark side of love, the limits of loyalty, and the high cost of truth.
A Cappella Books welcomes author Jillian Medoff for an afternoon discussion and signing of her new book, “When We Were Bright and Beautiful.” The author will appear in conversation with Atlanta's own Zoe Fishman, award-winning author of "Invisible as Air."
This event is free and open to the public, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. Masks are required.
About the Book
You can have everything, and still not have enough.
Cassie Quinn may only be twenty-three, but she knows a few things. One: money can’t buy happiness, but it’s certainly better to have it. Two: family matters most. Three: her younger brother Billy is not a rapist.
When Billy, a junior at Princeton, is arrested for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Cassie races home to Manhattan to join forces with her big brother Nate and their parents, Lawrence and Eleanor. The Quinns scramble to hire the best legal minds money can buy, but Billy fits the all-too-familiar sex-offender profile—white, athletic, and privileged—that makes headlines and sways juries.
Meanwhile, Cassie struggles to understand why Billy’s ex Diana would go this far, even if the breakup was painful. And she knows how the end of first love can destroy someone: Her own years-long affair with a powerful, charismatic man left her shattered, and she’s only recently regained her footing.
As reporters converge outside their Upper East Side landmark building, the Quinns gird themselves for a media-saturated trial, and Cassie vows she’ll do whatever it takes to save Billy. But what if that means exposing her own darkest secrets to the world?
Lightning-paced and psychologically astute as it rockets toward an explosive ending, “When We Were Bright and Beautiful” is a dazzling novel that asks: who will pay the price when the truth is revealed?
About the Author
Jillian Medoff is the author of the national bestseller “I Couldn't Love You More,” as well as the novels “Good Girls Gone Bad” and “Hunger Point.” A former fellow at Macdowell, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA, and Fundación Valparaiso, She has an MFA from NYU. In addition to writing fiction, Jillian has a long career in management consulting and is currently a senior consultant at the Segal group, where she advises clients on all aspects of the employee experience.