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Main Street Book Club

Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard

Wednesday • April 26 • 6:30pm

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Book Club

Under the Influence

After a DUI costs her custody of her seven-year-old son, Helen has never felt lower. Once an aspiring art photographer, she now spends her days taking children's portraits and working for a caterer and her lonely, alcohol-free nights staring at dating site profiles. That's when she meets Ava and Swift Havilland. These wealthy, connected philanthropists have a charity devoted to rescuing dogs and a home filled with fabulous friends, edgy art, and dazzling parties. Helen is instantly enchanted. As she increasingly falls under the couple's influence—running errands, doing random chores, questioning her relationship with a kind, quiet accountant they deem a bore—Ava and Swift hold out the most seductive gift: help regaining custody of her son. But the debt Helen owes them is about to come due.

Join Main Street book club for a fun discussion of this intriguing page-turner.


No Image Available Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story, An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life, in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale.

Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose Domestic Affairs column appeared in over fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR and national magazines including Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, MORE, Salon, and many more. Her essays have been widely published in collections, and featured in The New York Times. As a fiction writer she has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.

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