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Communities Read Annie Hartnett: A Virtual Author Talk

November 15, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wanskuck Library – Online

Communities Read Annie Hartnett

Join us virtually as we welcome author Annie Hartnett to discuss her book, Unlikely Animals!

About this event

Join us virtually with Denise of Wanskuck Community Library on Tuesday, November 15th at 6pm to meet Annie Hartnett, the author of Unlikely AnimalsUnlikely Animals was the April 2022 book club selection for Good Housekeeping magazine, which described it as heartfelt, touching and delightfully quirky. You’ll fall in love with the offbeat cast of characters (both living and dead) and find yourself rooting for them right through the last page. The book is available through our library catalog.

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Annie Hartnett is the author of novels Rabbit Cake (Tin House Books, 2017) and Unlikely Animals (Ballantine/Random House, 2022). Rabbit Cake received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal, and was People magazine’s Book of the Week. It is currently under option with Amazon Studios. Annie has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She holds degrees from the MFA program at the University of Alabama, Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, and Hamilton College. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and dog.


Natural-born healer Emma Starling once had big plans for her life, but she’s lost her way. A med-school dropout, she’s come back to small-town Everton, New Hampshire, to care for her father, dying from a mysterious brain disease. Clive Starling has been hallucinating small animals, as well as visions of the ghost of a long-dead naturalist, Ernest Harold Baynes, once known for letting wild animals live in his house. This ghost has been giving Clive some ideas on how to spend his final days.

Emma arrives home knowing she must face her dad’s illness, her mom’s judgement, and her younger brother’s recent stint in rehab, but she’s unprepared to find that her former best friend from high school is missing, with no one bothering to look for her. The police say they don’t spend much time looking for drug addicts. Emma’s dad is the only one convinced the young woman might still be alive, and Emma is hopeful he could be right. Someone should look for her, at least. Emma isn’t really trying to be a hero – but somehow she and her father set in motion just the kind of miracle the town needs.

Set against the backdrop of a small town in the throes of a very real opioid crisis, Unlikely Animals is a tragicomic novel about familial expectations, imperfect friendships, and the possibility of resurrecting that which had been thought irrevocably lost.


Amy Rosa ( arosa@clpvd.org ) and Lee Smith ( lsmith@clpvd.org ) of Community Libraries of Providence.



November 15, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Wanskuck Library – Online
233 Veazie Street
Providence, RI 02904 United States
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(401) 274-4145


Lee Smith
(401) 272-0106 x 4203