Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome Alice Carrière to celebrate her new book, Everything/Nothing/Someone: A Memoir, in conversation with Amelia Edelman.
This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30pm Central Time. Because space will be limited, registration is required to attend this event. Please register for free by filling out the form below! (Note: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, please call the store at 615-953-2243 at least 24 hours before the event so your space can be provided to another guest.) Masks are strongly encouraged during this event.
About the Book
A powerful literary debut that tells of a young woman's coming-of-age in the bohemian '90s, as her adolescence gives way to a struggle with dissociative disorder.
Alice Carrière tells the story of her unconventional upbringing in Greenwich Village as the daughter of a remote mother, the renowned artist Jennifer Bartlett, and a charismatic father, European actor Mathieu Carrière. From an early age, Alice is forced to navigate her mother's recovered memories of ritualized sexual abuse, which she turns into art, and her father's confusing attentions. Her days are a mixture of privilege, neglect, loneliness, and danger--a child living in an adult's world, with little-to-no enforcement of boundaries or supervision.
When she enters adolescence, Alice begins to lose her grasp on herself, as a dissociative disorder erases her identity and overzealous doctors medicate her further away from herself. She inhabits various roles: as a patient in expensive psychiatric hospitals, a denizen of the downtown New York music scene, the ingenue in destructive encounters with older men--ricocheting from experience to experience until a medication-induced psychosis brings these personas crashing down. Eventually, she finds purpose in caring for her mother as she descends into dementia, in a love affair with a recovering addict who steadies her, in confronting her father whose words and actions splintered her, and in finding her voice as a writer.
With gallows humor and brutal honesty, Everything/Nothing/Someone explores what it means for our body and mind to belong to us wholly, irrevocably, and on our own terms. In pulsing, energetic prose that is both precise and probing, Alice manages to untangle the stories told to her by her parents, the American psychiatric complex, and her own broken mind to craft a unique and mesmerizing narrative of emergence and, finally, cure.
About the Author
Alice Carrière is a graduate of Columbia University. This is her first book. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and Amagansett, New York.
About Amelia Edelman
Amelia Edelman is a 15-year veteran journalist from NYC, currently living in Nashville and often found on the road / in the air / around the globe. She’s a graduate of Vassar College (BA), New York University (MA), and has also studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland, The Center for Book Arts, and the Unterberg Poetry Center at 92Y. She was a writer in residence at Rivendell Writer's Colony in Sewanee, TN and has been published by Travel + Leisure, InStyle, The London Evening Standard, MTV, and others. She has appeared as a speaker and moderator at the BlogHer conferences and the Nashville Jewish Book Series, and was a poet with The Porch's Poetry on Demand / Versify podcast.
Amelia is currently Senior Editorial Director of Parents (formerly Parents Magazine). She has previously held editorial leadership positions working with Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Refinery29, and others. She insists on the Oxford comma. Follow @ameliaearoundtheworld on Instagram for more of her work/travels.