13 2021

Careful What You Wish For with author Hallie Ephron

7:30PM - 8:30PM  


Contact Jill Grossman

Presented by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival. As part of the Simon Family JCC’s Book Club Series.


Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she’s married to a man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping. He’s filled their basement, attic, and garage with his finds. He says he’s a collector. Emily knows better—he’s a hoarder. The larger his “collection” becomes, the deeper the distance grows between Emily and the man she married.


Luckily, Emily’s got two new clients to distract herself: an elderly widow whose husband left behind a storage unit she didn’t know existed, and a young wife whose husband won’t allow her stuff into their house. Emily’s initial meeting with the young wife takes a detour when, after too much wine, the women end up fantasizing about how much more pleasant life would be without their collecting spouses. The next day, Emily finds herself in a mess that might be too big for her to clean up.


New York Times best-selling author Hallie Ephron grew up in a Hollywood family of writers in a household filled with books. Her parents wrote screenplays and Hallie was the last of their four daughters to start writing or, as she calls it, succumb to her genes.  She is also a popular writing teacher and has received both Edgar and Anthony award nominations. She gives writing workshops at conferences across the country and is an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe.



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