Book Discussion: Charming Falls Apart
Join us for a virtual book discussion hosted by the Chicago Council of the American Writers Museum’s Olivia Bedi, Heather Grove and Katy Mickelson. We’ll discuss Angela Terry’s debut novel Charming Falls Apart with Angela herself, plus enjoy a specialty coffee cocktail inspired by the book! This event takes place January 27 at 7:00 pm Central and will be hosted via Zoom, register for the event here. Learn more about the book and the cocktail recipe below.
This discussion has a donation-based registration. Please donate whatever you feel comfortable with when registering. All proceeds of this event will benefit the AWM’s education initiatives.
About Charming Falls Apart:
Allison James is a people pleaser and rule follower, but the day before her thirty-fifth birthday, that all backfires: she is unexpectedly fired from the public relations firm she’s worked at for twelve years, only to come home and find out that her fiancé has been sleeping with her maid of honor.
Feeling lost, Allison takes her friend Jordan’s advice and uses the time off for some self-reflection. Over the next few months, she devours countless self-help books (albeit skeptically), schedules a soul reading with an astrologer/psychic/magician, and goes on a meditation retreat in Costa Rica, where she finally starts to feel like she’s getting her groove back.
Back at home, her desire to escape the condo she once shared with her fiancé makes her a regular at the new coffeehouse in her neighborhood, where she finds some guidance from (and eye candy in) the attractive owner, Eric. Between Jordan’s support, the Barnes & Noble self-help aisle, and the Tao of Eric, Allison gradually discovers that her old life wasn’t as perfect as she thought—and that if she truly wants to find her happily-ever-after, she’s going to have to start writing her own rules.
Charming Falls Apart Coffee Cocktail
2 oz. brewed coffee
1.5 oz. Bailey’s (or any Irish Cream liquor)
1 oz. coffee liqueur (Kahlua works well too)
.5 oz. Amaretto
2 ice cubes
3 coffee beans
- Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake heartily until ice is broken up and preferably dissolved. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, use a large cup or glass that you can mix it in.
- Strain into a martini glass. If you don’t own a martini glass that is ok, any old glass will work.
- Garnish with three coffee beans.
ANGELA TERRY is an attorney who formerly practiced intellectual property law at large firms in Chicago and San Francisco. She is also a Chicago Marathon legacy runner and races to raise money for PAWS Chicago—the Midwest’s largest no-kill shelter. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and two cats, and enjoys throwing novel-themed dinner parties for her women’s fiction book club.
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