Sarah Blakley-Cartwright with Lisa Locascio Nighthawk - Alice Sadie Celine (Ferry Building)

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Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
in conversation with Lisa Locascio Nighthawk

Alice Sadie Celine

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Weds., November 29th • 5:00pm PT

This event will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact with questions regarding live events.

“Obsessed!” —Chloë Sevigny
“I am literally obsessed.” —Busy Philipps

A hypnotic, sexy, and incisive debut adult novel following one woman’s affair with her daughter’s best friend that tests the limits of love and ambition from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Riding Hood.

It’s opening night, but Alice’s performance in the local Bay Area production of The Winter’s Tale is far from glamorous. She doesn’t have dreams of stardom, but the basement theater in a wildfire-choked town isn’t exactly what she envisioned for her career back home in Los Angeles. To make matters worse, her best friend Sadie is not even coming.

Pragmatic, serious Sadie and flighty, creative Alice have been best friends since high school—really one another’s only friends—but now that they are through with college (which they attended together) and living on opposite ends of California, Alice would at least expect her friend’s support. Sadie, determined not to cancel her plans with her boyfriend, ends up enlisting the help of her mother, Celine.

A professor of women’s and gender studies at UC Berkeley, Celine’s landmark treatise on sex and identity made her notorious, but she’s struggling to write her new book in a post-second-wave feminist world. So, when Sadie begs her to attend Alice’s play, she relents, if only to escape writer’s block. But in a turn of perplexing events, Celine becomes entranced by Alice’s performance and realizes that her daughter’s once lanky, slightly annoying best friend is now an irresistible young woman.

Set over the course of decades—from Alice and Sadie’s early friendship days and Celine’s decision to leave her husband to the radical movements of 1990s Berkeley and navigating contemporary Hollywood—Alice and Celine’s affair will test the limits of their love for Sadie and their own beliefs of power, agency, and feminism. Witty and relatable, sexy and surprising, Sarah Blakley-Cartwright’s debut adult novel is a mesmerizing portrait of the inner lives of three very different women.

Sarah Blakley-Cartwright is the author of Red Riding Hood, a #1 New York Times bestseller published worldwide in thirty-eight editions and fifteen languages. She is the editor of Hauser & Wirth’s The Artist's Library for Ursula magazine. She is publishing director of the Chicago Review of Books, and associate editor of A Public Space.

Lisa Locascio Nighthawk is the chair of the Antioch MFA in Creative Writing and the executive director of the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. Her novel Open Me was published by Grove Atlantic in 2018, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, n+1, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, and No Tokens. She writes a newsletter called Not Knowing How. Lisa lives in West Hollywood and Mendocino.








Sarah Blakley-Cartwright photo courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan. Lisa Locascio Nighthawk photo courtesy of the publisher.



Book Passage Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
Alice Sadie Celine: A Novel By Sarah Blakley-Cartwright Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668021590
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 28th, 2023