Amy Reichert with Nancy Martin

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Amy E. Reichert, author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE, THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER, and THE OPTIMIST'S GUIDE TO LETTING GO, loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, a volunteer baby snuggler, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and serves on her library’s board of directors. She's a member of Tall Poppy Writers.

About Nancy Martin:  Like her heroines the Blackbird sisters, Nancy Martin comes from a distinguished Pennsylvania family whose ancestors include Betsy Ross, a hanging judge, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Her Blackbird Sisters mysteries include Little Black Book of Murder and No Way to Kill a Lady.



“With even pacing, the novel seamlessly moves between the present and the past as Lorraine, Gina, and May remember those they have lost, revealing secrets along the way. Readers will embrace the realistic characters, whose moments of anger, regret, guilt, and understanding delicately illustrate the process of letting go.” (Booklist)

"Bringing light to the subtle ways in which our lives intertwine, while giving hope for healing in the most unexpected places, The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go pushes us to see relationships on a deeper level. With charmingly developed characters who are thoughtfuly crafted, this story will cling to readers through the final pages."  (RT Book Reviews)

"Reichert (The Coincidence of Coconut Cake) has created wonderful true-to-life characters in a novel of secrets and regrets, loss and hope." (Library Journal)

"The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go is poignant, tender, and simply wonderful. Amy Reichert has outdone herself. With characters that are as complicated as they are original and a voice that is warmhearted and wise, you will hug this book when you're done." (Taylor Jenkins Reid, bestselling author of One True Loves)

"Delightful and heartfelt, The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go is Reichert’s best book yet!"  (Karma Brown, bestselling author of IN THIS MOMENT)

"Written with Reichert's hallmark humor and heart, The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go is a poignant, multi-generational tale of family ties and hidden pasts, of forgiveness, second chances, and the truths that set us free.  Lose yourself in this rich and rewarding read!" (Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of THE ORPHAN'S TALE)

“Written with a keen and tender awareness of the devotion between women across generations, The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go is a beautiful read. The characters are wonderfully imperfect, and their relationships are recognizably flawed, making their journey around and around—and finally back to—each other immeasurably satisfying. Bravo!”

  (Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Love and Other Words)

"Three generations of women cope with a grandmother's stroke and a big family secret. Readers will relate to the family's struggles and develop an appetite for grilled cheese, as well. A delicious read full of family and food." (Kirkus Reviews)

“A delightful treat—Amy's writing gets under the skin of family: how they drive you crazy, but you love them just the same. An absolute joy I am sure readers will take to their hearts.”  (Veronica Henry, author of The Forever House)

The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501154942
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery Books - May 15th, 2018

Event address: 
Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143