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An Evening with Gina Frangello at Boswell, with opening reader Robert Vaughan, Monday, February 24, 7 pm.

February 24, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The friendship between Mary and Nix chronicled in Gina Frangello’s new novel, A Life in Men, had endured since childhood, a seemingly unbreakable bond, until the mid-1980s, when the two young women reunited for a summer vacation in Greece. It was a trip instigated by Nix, who had just learned that Mary had been diagnosed with a disease that would inevitably cut her life short. Nix, a free spirit by nature, was determined that Mary have the vacation of a lifetime, but by the time their visit to Greece was over, the ties between them had unraveled, and when they said goodbye, it was for the last time.

Three years later, Mary returns to Europe to try to understand what went wrong, in the process meeting the first of many men she will spend time with and travel with throughout the world. Through them she experiences not just a sexual awakening but a spiritual and emotional awakening that allows her to understand how the past and the future are connected, and to appreciate how important it is that she live her life to the fullest.


Gina Frangello, cofounder of Other Voices Books and the fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown, will be appearing at Boswell to read from and discuss her new novel A Life in Men. Here’s Caroline Leavitt in her blog discussing Frangello and her new novel.


Opening for Frangello will be Milwaukee’s own Robert Vaughan, whose first full-length book, Addicts and Basements, has just been published. Vaughan was a finalist for the 2012 Micro-Fiction Awards, and another of his pieces was a finalist for the 2013 Gertrude Stein Award. In addition to his writing, he is the senior flash editor at JMWW and Lost in Thought magazines, and leads writing roundtables at Red Oak Writing.


February 24, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Boswell Books
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Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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Daniel Goldin