On Tuesday July 17, author, philanthropist and socialite Susan Fales-Hill will be at the central branch of Enoch Pratt Library to read from her latest novel, Imperfect Bliss. The novel tells the story of the Harcourts, a respectable middle class, middle-aged, mixed-race couple with four daughters in Chevy Chase Maryland. One of the daughters, Elizabeth (Bliss) moves back home in the midst of a messy divorce and begins working on her Ph.D. Her younger sister Diana becomes the star of a local Bachelorette-style reality television show, “The Virgin,” and Bliss gets drawn into the romantic drama that ensues. The plot sounds juicy!
I had the pleasure of meeting Susan Fales-Hill in the summer of 2010 when she read from her last novel, One Flight Up. Besides noting the obvious (how statuesque, thin, and beautiful she is), I also couldn’t help but notice her gracious manner. She personally greeted everyone who came to the reading. She’s also incredibly witty and has a charming, self-effacing humor. Her adorable daughter also came to the reading and spoke fluent French with her au pair. She later joined her mother on the platform.
Fales-Hill is the daughter of the late Haitian-American actress/singer/dancer Josephine Premice and Timothy Fales (of Mayflower stock). She graduated from Harvard with honors and had a successful career as a writer/producer for television. Fales-Hill has written several articles for Town & Country, Vogue, Glamour, American Heritage, Ebony, Essence, Avenue, and Travel and Leisure. She is involved in countless charitable organizations including the Studio Museum of Harlem and the American Ballet Theatre. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Famein 2001. I wish that I was going to be in town for this reading as this would be a not-to-be missed event on my agenda!
WHEN: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Enoch Pratt Library—Central Branch
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
TICKETS: Free to attend