Simone Gorrindo with Julia Scheeres - The Wives: A Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Simone Gorrindo
In conversation with Julia Scheeres

The Wives
A Memoir

Corte Madera Store
Sat., April 20th, 2024 • 11:00am PT

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An Indie Next Pick!

“A haunting, beautifully written celebration of found sisterhood.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A fearless, engaging, and important memoir.” —Library Journal, starred review
“[A] gorgeously rendered peek behind the curtain of military life.” —Booklist, starred review

A captivating memoir that tells the story of one woman’s experience of joining a community of army wives after leaving her New York City job—a profoundly intimate look at marriage, friendship, and today’s America.

When her new husband joins an elite Army unit, Simone Gorrindo is uprooted from New York City and dropped into Columbus, Georgia—a town so foreign she might as well have landed on the moon. With her husband frequently deployed, Simone is left to find her place in this new world, alone—until she meets the wives.

Gorrindo gives us an intimate look into the inner lives of a remarkable group of women and a tender, unflinching portrait of a marriage. A love story, an unforgettable coming-of-age tale, and a bracing tour of the intractable divisions that plague our country today, 
The Wives offers a rare and powerful gift: a hopeful stitch in the fabric of a torn America.


Simone Gorrindo’s writing has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, LongreadsLos Angeles Review of BooksThe Christian Science MonitorThe Best Women’s Travel Writing, Self, and others. She holds an MS in journalism from Columbia University, and has received fellowships and grants for her writing and reporting from the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and two children. The Wives is her first book.


Julia Scheeres is the NYT best-selling author of the memoir Jesus Land: A Thousand Lives, about the Jonestown tragedy; and Listen, World! a biography of famed newspaper columnist Elsie Robinson. She lives in the East Bay with her family and is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto. 








“Lyrical and poignant. An unforgettable memoir of sacrifice and determination.”  —STEPHANIE LAND, author of the New York Times-bestselling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive 

“The fineness of Gorrindo’s insight lends her writing the quality of looking through a prism, the details of the world around her both magnified and blurring, as she invites us into the secret world of army wives and the hidden planet of her own marriagefor what place is more strange and private and beautiful? This is a book about loving people even when you can’t understand them, and needing them even when you don’t like them, about being betrayed and unexpectedly saved, and ultimately about the power of human connection despite all our limitations. Gorrindo is a major talent." Rufi Thorpeauthor of the PEN/Faulkner Award finalist The Knockout Queen



Simone Gorrindo photo credit Jessica Uhler; Julie Scheeres photo courtesy of the publisher.



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ISBN: 9781982178499
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 9th, 2024

Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman By Julia Scheeres, Allison Gilbert Cover Image
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Published: Seal Press - September 27th, 2022