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Memoirist Amy Fusselman Discusses Her Debut Novel, "The Means"


Join us for an evening with memoirist Amy Fusselman as she speaks about and signs copies of her debut novel, The Means.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated but not required.

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The debut novel from “wholly original” (Vogue) memoirist Amy Fusselman, a tragicomic family saga that skewers contemporary issues of money, motherhood, and class through a well-to-do woman’s quest to buy a Hamptons beach house.  

Shelly Means, a wealthy stay-at-home mom and disgraced former PTA president, is poised to get the one thing in life she really wants: a beach house in the Hamptons. Who would have guessed that Shelly, the product of frugal Midwesterners, or her husband George, an unrepentant thrift shopper, would ever be living among such swells? But Shelly believes it’s possible. It might be a very small house, and it might be in the least-fancy part of the Hamptons. But Shelly has a vision board, an architect, and a plan.

But what should be a simple real estate transaction quickly goes awry as Shelly’s new neighbors disapprove of her proposed shipping container house at the same time that George’s lucrative work as a VoiceOver artist dries up. But Shelly is dogged. She knows how to go into beast mode. But will it ever be enough to realize her beach house dreams? 

A novel of real estate, ambition, family, and money from “one of our best interrogators of how we live now, and how we should live” (Dave Eggers), The Means is also a fantastical, fast-moving and very funny exploration of class, wealth, and the value of work.

AMY FUSSELMAN is the author of four books of nonfiction. Her latest, Idiophone, was nominated for The Believer Book Award and the University of Iowa’s Krause Essay Prize. Her previous three books are: Savage Park: a Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die ; 8; and The Pharmacists Mate. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, ARTnews, Ms., and The Washington Post, among many other outlets. She lives with her family in New York City, where she teaches creative writing at New York University. 

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The Means: A Novel By Amy Fusselman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063248717
Availability: Available to order. Please call to confirm in store availabiltiy.
Published: Mariner Books - September 6th, 2022

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17 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771-0000