Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Coming Home--Annie Hartnett & Alison Espach

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118 Elliot 118 Elliot Brattleboro, Vt 05301

Annie Hartnett
Unlikely Animals

Annie Hartnett is the author of Rabbit Cake, which was listed as one of Kirkus Reviews’s Best Books of 2017 and a finalist for the New England Book Award. 

She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She  has an MA from Middlebury College, and an MFA from the University of Alabama. When she began writing Unlikely Animals, she was living in the groundskeeper’s house in a cemetery. 

She now lives in a small town in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and her darling border collie, Mr. Willie Nelson.

Alison Espach
Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance

Alison Espach is the author of the novels Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance, an Indie Next Pick and Amazon Editors’ Pick for 2022, and The Adults, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Barnes and Noble Discover pick. 

Her short story series In-Depth Market Research Interviews with Dead People is an Audible Original. She has written for McSweeney’s, Vogue, Outside Magazine, Joyland, Glamour,  Salon, and other places. 

She teaches creative writing at Providence College in Rhode Island. 


A pair of New England authors have stories to tell about homecoming coming of age. In Annie Hartnett’s book Unlikely Animals, a girl drops out of medical school and moves home to take care of her father. When she gets home, she's unprepared to find that her former best friend from high school is missing, with no one bothering to look for her. 

In Alison Espach’s book Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance  a young teenager is in awe of her older sister, who seems to have all the answers to life’s questions. When she unexpectedly dies, her younger sister is left to deal with her loss. 

A  wry, sharply observant coming-of-age story that looks at the ways the people we love the most continue to shape our lives long after they’re gone. 


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