Everything’s Coming Up Abbott

Yesterday Megan Abbott wrote on her blog about getting a “dream assignment”—to write a story set in 1940s Los Angeles, for an Anthology called L.A. Noire, to be published in June by Mulholland Books, in collaboration with Rockstar Games.  She also spoke yesterday at a Hachette luncheon for tri-state librarians, about her forthcoming novel The End of Everything (to be published on July 7th by Reagan Arthur Books).  Megan grew up in the suburbs of Grosse Pointe Michigan in the 1980s, and her new novel is set in an unnamed Midwestern town of the same time period, and draws on her childhood in a more personal way than her previous works.  Megan spoke about her local library being a second home to her—her sense memories are particularly associated with a bland industrial carpet which “was probably toxic”, she recalled with a laugh—and was captivated by Life anthologies from the 40s and 50s, that revealed a world of Hollywood glamour that inspired her first novels.  The End of Everything, however, is a book about the suburbs—about childhood, adolescence, the precarious time between being a girl and being a woman, and that one perfect family that every neighborhood seems to have.  “When things go badly with that family, they go bad in a horrible way” Megan said.  Such a family is featured in her new book, as well as a girl who goes missing and the best friend who makes it her mission to find her—the “girl detective” who has been a touchstone for all of Megan’s work.

(photo: Megan signing galleys of The End of Everything)

One Comment

  1. Posted June 3, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink | Reply

    I would love to review this book!

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