Romance tests friendship in Brooklynite’s debut novel

Brooklyn BookBeat: Author to read in Greenpoint on Aug. 8

August 7, 2013 By Samantha Samel Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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“This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think. You’ll see,” explains the narrator of Sarah McCarry’s new novel “All Our Pretty Songs” (St. Martin’s Griffin; July 30). The Brooklyn-based author’s debut novel, set in the Pacific Northwest, is the enchanting beginning of a trilogy about two teenage girls who are inseparable. They’ve grown up together, both without fathers, and though dissimilar in many ways – Aurora an outgoing beauty and the narrator an utterly devoted, more introverted friend – the girls share a sisterly bond.   

Their relationship has always been easy, but is tested for the first time when Jack, a charismatic musician, alters the dynamic. The girls struggle to address the emerging tension between them, but what they don’t realize is that Jack’s music has complicated a world beyond their own.

Melding reality and fantasy, McCarry has crafted a beautifully haunting story that depicts the nuances of both love and friendship. The author will appear in Brooklyn for a reading on August 8 at Greenpoint’s WORD Bookstore. 

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The Aug. 8 event will begin at 7 p.m. WORD is located at 126 Franklin St. in Greenpoint.

Sarah McCarry was born in Seattle. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship and has written for Glamour, the Huffington Post Books Blog, and In 2009 she started the blog It currently has over a thousand followers and gets over 20,000 hits a month. She has bicycled alone across two continents and worked as a domestic violence advocate, a circus performer, a clearcut surveyor, an archivist, and a letterpress printer. She lives in Brooklyn.

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