Wednesday Jul 12, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
POWERHOUSE @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201
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Heather Chaplin launches her new page-turner of a memoir, RECKLESS YEARS, in which a woman tries to reinvent her life after divorce and discovers that sometimes finding yourself is not all it’s cracked up to be.
About the Book:
Reckless Years is taken directly from notebooks that journalist Heather Chaplin began keeping the day she decided to leave her marriage. Chaplin exposes herself with jaw-dropping honesty. For two years she recorded her most private thoughts—rage, desire, love, hatred, and even her own descent into madness. She recorded her attempts to find love and solace, her manipulations of the people around her, and her fierce struggle with demons from the past. Reckless Years is written with an inner voice that women often try to stifle, and it leaves the reader wondering just how reliable this narrator is. (Is she lying to herself? In deep denial?)
Soon after leaving her marriage and struggling with a stagnating career, Chaplin is dating a string of men in New York. On an impulsive trip to Ireland, she has a love affair with a local and with Dublin as well. But just when she believes herself to be on the brink of what she’d always wanted, Chaplin’s own reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and towards a reckoning she’s avoided all her life. She must confront an unresolved tragedy in her past to find her way to the possibilities of her future.
Narrated with a uniquely provocative voice, Reckless Years is a compulsively readable memoir with the pace of an emotional thriller. Heartbreaking, yet ultimately redemptive, hers is the story of losing yourself in the middle of a comeback and finding yourself in the most surprising of places.
About the Author:
Heather Chaplin is a writer living in Brooklyn. She’s written about all kinds of things in her journalism career and is the founder of the Journalism + Design program at The New School. In the evenings, she can be found taking ballet classes she has no business attending but does anyway.