Ocean House Author Series: Social Engagement by Avery Carpenter Forrey

    Date Monday Jul 10, 2023

    Location Ocean House

    Time 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Price $36/person
    (plus tax & service charge)

    Venue Seaside Ballroom


Ocean House Author Series: Avery Carpenter Forrey

Ocean House owner and author Deborah Goodrich Royce is joined this week by Avery Carpenter Forrey to discuss her debut novel Social Engagement, set right here in Watch Hill!

Avery Carpenter Forrey was a founding team member and Managing Editor at theSkimm, where she co-wrote the #1 NY Times bestseller How to Skimm Your Life, breaking down some of the less glamorous parts of being an adult from personal finance to stress management.

Enjoy wine, light bites and a signed copy of your newest beach read, Social Engagement.

Please note, tickets purchased for this event are non-refundable. 

About Social Engagement

In an opulent honeymoon suite in Watch Hill, Rhode Island’s most desirable wedding venue, 29-year-old Callie Holt is spending her wedding night lying in a bathtub shoveling down a pizza; her expensive white dress now splattered with sauce and her groom passed out in the next room. With her seven-hour-old marriage already imploded, Callie turns to the place of record – her phone – sifting through the photographic evidence of the past year to pinpoint where it all went wrong.

Could it have started when Callie moved in with her best friend, Virginia Murphy, in the swanky Upper East Side pied-à-terre for which Virginia’s parents foot the bill? Or when Virginia’s irritatingly attractive cousin (and Callie’s secret ex) Ollie returned from pursuing his photography career abroad, throwing a wrench in Callie’s relationship with her kind (if a bit dim) finance bro boyfriend, Whit? Or was the true turning point when Callie stumbled upon a dark secret lurking in the Murphys’ well-heeled past, one with the potential to upend everything Callie knows about the people she considers her second family?

Over the course of one wedding-filled year, all these long-simmering secrets and resentments will come bubbling to the surface, leading to a reckoning that will strip Callie and everyone around her down to their most gruesomely real, filter-free selves. As Callie attends wedding after wedding, getting tagged in post after post, she begins to contemplate—and actualize through her own art—the gulf between the true selves of the people around her and the selves they present on their screens.

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