Atlanta History Center Presents Leesa Cross-Smith - This Close to Okay Virtual Event

Atlanta History Center Presents Leesa Cross-Smith - This Close to Okay Virtual Event

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2021 7:00 PM

Atlanta History Center on Zoom

From the award-winning writer Roxane Gay calls "a consummate storyteller" comes a powerful, vibrant novel about the life-changing weekend shared between two strangers.

The Atlanta History Center welcomes author Leesa Cross-Smith for a virtual discussion of her new book, "This Close to Okay," on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 7 PM (EST). The author will appear in conversation with artsATL’s Gail O’Neill.

This event is free and open to the public. Join the event by registering via the link below.

A Cappella Books will have copies of “This Close to Okay” available after the event. Pre-order via the link below. At checkout, choose between the local delivery, curbside pick-up, or shipping options. For zip codes not listed in the above banner, select curbside pick-up or USPS shipping.

About the Book

On a rainy October night in Kentucky, recently divorced therapist Tallie Clark is on her way home when she spots a man precariously standing on the edge of a bridge. Without a second thought, Tallie pulls over and jumps out of the car into the pouring rain. She convinces the man to join her for a cup of coffee, and he eventually agrees to come back to her house, where he finally, reluctantly, shares his first name: Emmett.

Over the course of the emotionally-charged weekend that follows, Tallie makes it her mission to provide a safe and comfortable space for Emmett, although she doesn't confess that she works as a therapist. However, Emmett is not the only one who needs help—and he has secrets of his own.

Alternating between Tallie and Emmett's perspectives as they inch closer to the truth of what brought Emmett to the bridge, "This Close to Okay" is an uplifting, powerful story of two strangers brought together by wild chance at the moment they need it the most.

About the Author

Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and the author of "So We Can Glow: Short Stories," "Every Kiss A War" and "Whiskey & Ribbons." She lives in Kentucky with her husband and children.