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A Virtual Evening with Edan Lepucki & Laura Warrell

Time's Mouth by Edan Lepucki
Event date: 
Thursday, August 10, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location

Books & Books Crowdcast
Link sent at 6pm ET, 8/10/23

Books & Books and Avid Bookshop present a virtual evening with Edan Lepucki in conversation with Laura Warrell discussing Time’s Mouth on Thursday, August 10, 2023, 7pm ET LIVE via Crowdcast. This virtual event is produced by Books & Books (Fla.), an independent bookstore near and dear to our hearts. We thank them for inviting us to be partners in this virtual author event.

There are 2 ways to get access to this virtual event:
* register your name and email address in the form below or
* purchase a copy of Time's Mouth from the Avid Bookshop website (click here or just scroll down!). We ship nationwide.

Important note for those who prefer to order at the bookshop or via phone (706-850-2843): You must provide your email address so that we can send you login information one hour before the event. Anyone who has purchased Time's Mouth from Avid (& provided their email address!) will receive a Zoom link via email on August 10th at 6pm ET, one hour before the event begins at 7pm ET. (Don't see the email? Check your spam folder!)

Please register for a free ticket or order your copy of Time's Mouth as early as possible, as book sales will be cut off 2 hours before the livestream begins. This means you must buy your book from Avid or by 5pm ET on the day of the event (8/10/23).


From New York Times-bestselling author Edan Lepucki comes an enthralling saga about family secrets that grow more powerful with time, set against the magical, dangerous landscape of California

Ursa possesses a very special gift. She can travel through memory and revisit her past. After she flees her hometown for the counterculture glory of 1950s California, the intoxicating potential of her unique ability eventually draws a group of women into her orbit and into a ramshackle Victorian mansion in the woods outside Santa Cruz. Yet Ursa’s powers come with a cost. Soon this cultish community of sisterhood takes an ominous turn, prompting her son, Ray, and his pregnant lover, Cherry, to flee their home for Los Angeles and reinvent themselves far from Ursa’s insidious influence. But escaping their past won’t be so easy. A series of mysterious events forces Cherry to abandon their baby, leaving Ray to raise Opal alone.

Now a teenager and still heartbroken over the abandonment of the mother she never knew, Opal must journey into her own past to reveal the generations of secrets that gave rise to the shimmering source of her family’s painful legacy.

From the forests of Santa Cruz to the 1980s glam of Melrose Avenue to a solitary mansion among the oil derricks off La Cienega Boulevard, and brimming with the double-edged capacity of memory to both heal and harm, Time’s Mouth is a poignant and evocative excavation of the bonds that bind families together.


Edan Lepucki is the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels California and Woman No. 17, as well as the editor of Mothers Before: Stories and Portraits of Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them. Her nonfiction has been published in The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles TimesEsquire Magazine, and The Cut, among other publications. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.


Laura Warrell is the author of Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, and long-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Lit HubLos Angeles Review of BooksHuffington Post, and other publications. Laura grew up in Ohio and graduated from the Creative Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and she has attended residencies at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Tin House Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Time's Mouth: A Novel By Edan Lepucki Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640095724
Availability: May be on our shelves (or available in 5-10 business days)
Published: Counterpoint - August 1st, 2023

All of Edan Lepucki's novels contain an almost palpable tension, and Time's Mouth is her most suspenseful. It's not the pseudo-cult, the rituals, or the time travel orchestrated with moon cycles that makes Time's Mouth enchanting. What's beguiling is the manner in which Lepucki cracks open the emotional fissures of families, motherhood, and loss. This fierce generational family saga haunted me between chapters. You won't be able to put this down.

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