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Meet the Author - Susan Fales-Hill, Imperfect Bliss

Sunday, March 03, 2013, 04:00pm - 06:00pm

Meet the Author - Susan Fales-Hill, Imperfect Bliss
Sunday, March 3   4:00 pm

Meet the Harcourts of Chevy Chase, Maryland. A respectable middle-class, middle-age, mixed-race couple, Harold and Forsythia have four eminently marriageable daughters—or so their mother believes. Forsythia named her girls after Windsor royals in the hopes that one day each would find her true prince. But princes are far from the mind of their second-born daughter, Elizabeth (AKA Bliss), who, in the imperfect_bliss_cover_edited_for_webaftermath of a messy divorce, has moved back home and thrown herself into earning her PhD.

All that changes when a Bachelorette-style reality television show called The Virgin takes Bliss's younger sister Diana as its star. Though she fights it at first, Bliss can't help but be drawn into the romantic drama that ensues, forcing her to reconsider everything she thought she knew about love, her family, and herself.

Fresh and engaging, Imperfect Bliss is a wickedly funny take on the ways that courtship and love have changed—even as they've stayed the same.

Susan Fales was born in Rome, Italy in 1962, and raised in New York City. She graduated from the Lycee Francais de New York in 1980. In June of 1985, she graduated with honors from Harvard College with a degree in History and Literature. Her thesis, a comparative study of the poetry of Mallarme and that of Martinican dramatist Aime Cesaire, is in the Harvard archive.

Susan_Fales-Hill_photo_edited_for_webShe began her writing career as an apprentice on the original "Cosby Show"and continued writing for television and for magazines such as Town & Country, Vogue, Glamour, American Heritage, Ebony, Essence, Avenue, and Travel and Leisure.

In 2003, Susan published Always Wear Joy (HarperCollins), a critically acclaimed memoir about her mother, the late actress/singer/dancer, Josephine Premice. The memoir was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction. It was an Atlanta Daily Choice Awards winner, and received a starred review from Kirkus. In 2008, Susan completed and sold her debut novel, One Flight Up, which was published in 2010.

Susan served as an Elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association and currently serves on the boards of the Studio Museum of Harlem, and American Ballet Theatre for which she Co-chaired the ABT Spring Gala, an event which draws twelve hundred of New York’s leaders in the fields of finance, business, media and philanthropy.

Susan is fluent in French and Italian, and conversational in Spanish. She lives in New York with her husband and their daughter.

Book signing and refreshments following the lecture.

Location : Auditorium and Reading Room