Mary Fleming with April Eberhardt - The Art of Regret (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Please join us for a conversation on craft and writing between Mary Fleming and literary agent April Eberhardt!

Trevor McFarquhar lives a controlled, contrary existence. Traumatized by early childhood loss, the silence surrounding those losses, and then a sudden family relocation from the United States to France, he has no ambitions or dreams for his struggling Parisian bicycle shop or even for himself. Now in his late thirties, his romantic relationships are only casual--his friendships, few. He's both aloof and exacting, holding everyone to his own high standards while being unforgiving of their faults.

But then two things happen. The 1995 transit strike forces Parisians through Trevor's shop door to procure bicycles, and his once-sluggish business suddenly turns around. To his surprise, he is pleased. At the same time, Trevor enters into a relationship that threatens to destroy his relationship with his entire family. Humbled and ashamed, The Art of Regret follows Trevor as his veneer cracks, and he emerges from his cocoon a different man, ready to reconnect, to rediscover possibility, and ultimately to redeem himself.

Mary Fleming, originally from Chicago, moved to Paris in 1981, where she worked as a freelance journalist and consultant. Before turning full time to writing fiction, she was the French representative for the American foundation The German Marshall Fund. A long-time board member of the French Fulbright Commission, Fleming continues to serve on the board of Bibliothèques sans Frontières. She and her husband have five grown children and split their time between Paris and Berlin. The Art of Regret is Fleming’s second novel. She writes a blog called A Paris-Berlin Diary at http://mf.ghost.io.

After 25 years as a corporate strategist and consultant, April Eberhardt joined the literary world, where she saw a strategic opportunity to play a role in the changing world of publishing. A self-described "literary change agent," April advises and assists authors as they choose the best pathway to publication for their work, and serves as an industry consultant to publishing startups. April divides her time between San Francisco, New York, and Paris. She serves on the Advisory Council for the American Library in Paris and is a reader for the Best American Short Stories series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

 

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Art of Regret Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631526466
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: She Writes Press - October 1st, 2019

Trevor McFarquhar lives a controlled, contrary existence. Traumatized by early childhood loss, the silence surrounding those losses, and then a sudden family relocation from the United States to France, he has no ambitions or dreams for his struggling Parisian bicycle shop or even for himself. Now in his late thirties, his romantic relationships are only casual--his friendships, few.