Today’s GalleyCrush is Jo Ann Beard’s Festival Days, forthcoming from Little, Brown on March 16, 2021.
Perfect pitch: “A searing and exhilarating new collection from the acclaimed author of The Boys of My Youth and In Zanesville.”
First lines: “Something happened to her while she was eating, or right afterward. She began turning in circles and couldn’t stop. In my kitchen, in my car, and then in an examining room at the vet’s office. I sat on the floor with her while the vet stood leaning against the wall, watching us. I was crying, but he ignored that.”
Book notes: Hardcover, nonfiction, 272 pages.
Author bio: Jo Ann Beard is the author of the essay collection The Boys of My Youth and the novel In Zanesville. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Essays, and other magazines and anthologies. She has received a Whiting Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College.