Books and Bathrobes with Anna Solomon

Books & Bathrobes With Anna Solomon

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Literary Affairs invites you to an exclusive ONLINE Books & Bathrobes event with Anna Solomon about her novel The Book of V, which was selected by Good Morning America as its May Book Club selection. Join us on Zoom for a book club style conversation between Julie Robinson and Anna Solomon followed by a Q & A.


Thursday, May 28

10:30am – 12pm

The safety and comfort of your own home.

Bathrobes or sweats encouraged.

$5 requested to help defray our costs.


Anna Solomon is the author of The Book of V., Leaving Lucy Pear, and The Little Bride, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, and the curator of @unkempt_real_life on Instagram. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, One Story, Ploughshares, and Slate. Solomon is co-editor with Eleanor Henderson of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers. Previously, she worked as a radio journalist. Anna was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and two children.


Lily is a mother and a daughter. And a second wife. And a writer, maybe? Or she was going to be, before she had children. Now, in her rented Brooklyn apartment she’s grappling with her sexual and intellectual desires, while also trying to manage her roles as a mother and a wife in 2016.

Vivian Barr seems to be the perfect political wife, dedicated to helping her charismatic and ambitious husband find success in Watergate-era Washington D.C. But one night he demands a humiliating favor, and her refusal to obey changes the course of her life ― along with the lives of others.

Esther is a fiercely independent young woman in ancient Persia, where she and her uncle’s tribe live a tenuous existence outside the palace walls. When an innocent mistake results in devastating consequences for her people, she is offered up as a sacrifice to please the King, in the hopes that she will save them all.

In Anna Solomon’s The Book of V., these three characters’ riveting stories overlap and ultimately collide, illuminating how women’s lives have and have not changed over thousands of years.