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“Fallen Lake,” a novel of desire, polyamory, and sexual revolution with Laird Harrison
Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Local author Laird Harrison presents his book, “Fallen Lake,” a novel of desire, polyamory, and sexual revolution set in Northern California in the 1970s
Thursday, August 30th: 7pm
Modern Times Bookstore Collective
2919 24th St (at Alabama)
San Francisco 94110
About “Fallen Lake”
The year is 1971, the place is California, and what never seemed possible suddenly becomes irresistible. Camping on the shores of Fallen Lake in the high Sierra, two couples swap partners and glimpse paradise. That night changes the course of their lives and their children’s as the two marriages become one. The families move in together in suburban Pleasant Valley, the exhilarated adults pursuing their four-sided relationship and their dream careers. At first resentful of this upheaval, the children find unexpected advantages. But the door flung open by the sexual revolution is starting to close. Too late the lovers realize what they will have to pay for living out their fantasies.
“In his astonishing novel, Fallen Lake, Laird Harrison strips the rosy veils from the heads of the flower children and shows the hippies for what they were. Fallen Lake not only reveals the middle class’s angst, but the unacknowledged and permanently damaged victims of the ‘60s—not the flower children, but their children. With a clear and unsentimental eye, and in flawless sharp-edged prose, Harrison gives us a modern-day Blithedale Romance.”
– Eric Miles Williamson, author of Two-Up.
“The key to the current confusion about relationships and marriage lies deeper in the past than the sixties and seventies, but that’s when experimentation went mainstream and caught middle-class Americans in its hazardous flow. Laird Harrison’s characters aren’t big-city bohemians or college students made heady with sudden independence but softball-playing suburban moms and dads with adolescent children in tow. Written with grace, humor, intelligence, and an inspiring affection for human nature, Fallen Lake deftly examines the history of two couples and four children in one turbulent household of the past, as well as the present life of one of the daughters grown to adulthood and yearning to save her own marriage.”
– Anastasia Hobbet, author of Small Kingdoms
About the author
Laird Harrison is a novelist and multimedia journalist. Harrison has written for Reuters news service, magazines such as TIME, Audubon and The Nation, newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Web sites such as Salon, MSNBC and CNN.com. He has produced video for websites including Smithsonianmag.com, and audio for WUNC radio. Harrison has taught writing at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension and Mediabistro.
Harrison grew up in Berkeley, California, and studied creative writing and politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives with his wife and their two sons in Oakland, California.