IN STORE: Melissa Collings, author of The False Flat, in conversation with Lauren Kung Jessen

Melissa Colling's author photoLauren Kung Jessen Author PhotoParnassus Books is pleased to welcome Melissa Collings to celebrate her new book, The False Flat, in conversation with Lauren Kung Jessen.

This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Tuesday, June 11th 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

In this uplifting story about friendship, love, and growth, one woman must untangle herself from a past that's holding her back in order to move forward into the life that will set her free.

Penelope Auberge is at her breaking point. With an overbearing mother, a married boyfriend, and a boss who gives Pen's high-profile finance clients to male colleagues, it feels like nothing she's accomplished in her thirty-two years belongs to her.

Determined to build a life entirely her own, Pen moves from Minnesota to Tennessee to open a solo financial business. There, she meets siblings Deanna and Grant, who attempt to coax Pen out of her socially anxious shell. Hesitant to open up so she doesn't get hurt (again), Pen is slow to develop a friendship with Deanna, and she's determined to ignore her feelings for Grant, which is difficult given she's joined his cycling group and a clear something begins blossoming between them.

Pen's path in Nashville appears to be smoothing out, but she soon learns that packing up her past isn't quite that easy. If she wants to start fresh, she'll have to decide what she really wants--even if that means riding away from her old life for good.

About the Author

Before Melissa Collings started writing women's fiction and romantic comedies, she worked as a surgical physician associate in Nashville, where one of her favorite procedures was reconstructing a lower-lumbar tattoo after a back surgery. Her stories, like her, are always a mix: light and dark, laughter and tears, outlandish and grounded, beautiful and ugly, glitter and charcoal smears. Her interests are way too varied; her imagination never fails to get her into trouble; and she lives by her life philosophy: nothing is impossible, and everything is better with glitter--except surgical wounds.

About Lauren Kung Jessen

Lauren Kung Jessen is a mixed-race Chinese American writer with a fondness for witty, flirtatious dialogue and making meals with too many steps but lots of flavor. She is fascinated by myths and superstitions and how ideas, beliefs, traditions, and stories evolve over time. From attending culinary school to working in the world of Big Tech to writing love stories, Lauren cares about creating experiences that make people feel something. When she's not writing novels, she works as a content strategist and user experience writer. She also has a food and film blog, A Dash of Cinema, where she makes food inspired by movies and TV shows. She lives in Nashville with her husband (who she met thanks to fate--read: the algorithms of online dating), two cats, and dog.

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215

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The False Flat By Melissa Collings Cover Image
ISBN: 9781662521201
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Montlake - June 11th, 2024