October 26, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Stephanie Ash will read from her surprising and unconventional new novel,
The Annie Year, published by Unnamed Press. This is a  special in-conversation event with local author Cate Dicharry. “In The Annie Year, Tandy Caide, sardonic CPA and pathological people-pleaser, enters the year of her reckoning, the year she starts making her own moral ledger. Like the mythological Annie—you know, the one who sings 'It’s a Hard Knock Life' but also 'Tomorrow'—Tandy has spunky charm and believable innocence. I read this mordantly funny book in one sitting, it's a fine novel with a main character you’ll miss once you’ve finished."  —Debra Monroe

Stephanie Ash is a former editor at Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis and Mankato, Minnesota, and is originally from rural Iowa. This is her first novel. Cate Dicharry is the author of The Fine Art of Fucking Up, also published by Unnamed Press, and works for the UI International Writing Program. She lives in Iowa City.

"Ash’s debut novel brilliantly captures the slanted quirkiness of a Midwest full of small-business owners and exploding home-methamphetamine labs... Darkly hilarious and weirdly beguiling."
—Kirkus Reviews