Penguin Bookshop Writers Series: An Evening with Jessica Strawser

An Evening with Jessica Strawser
Celebrating the Release of
The Next Thing You Know

Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET

We are thrilled to welcome back Jessica Strawser to the Penguin Bookshop Writers Series as we celebrate the release of her newest novel, The Next Thing You Know!  This event is currently scheduled to be held in-person at our store, but may move to a virtual platform as we continue to monitor Covid safety measures.  The event should last approximately one hour, and will conclude with a Q&A from the audience.  

JESSICA STRAWSER is the author of the book club favorites Almost Missed YouNot That I Could Tell (a Book of the Month selection), Forget You Know Me, and A Million Reasons Why. She is Editor-at-Large for Writer's Digest, and her work has appeared in The New York Times' Modern Love , Publishers Weekly, and other fine venues. She lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati.
A musician facing the untimely end of his career. An end-of-life doula with everything, and nothing, to lose. A Star Is Born meets Me Before You in this powerful novel by the author of A Million Reasons Why.

"Unflinching and unforgettable, this one will crack your heart open and slowly stitch it back together.” Christina McDonald, bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell

"A magical tale of love and loss...bittersweet yet ultimately comforting." ―Publishers Weekly

As an end-of-life doula, Nova Huston’s job―her calling, her purpose, her life―is to help terminally ill people make peace with their impending death. Unlike her business partner, who swears by her system of checklists, free-spirited Nova doesn’t shy away from difficult clients: the ones who are heartbreakingly young, or prickly, or desperate for a caregiver or companion.

When Mason Shaylor shows up at her door, Nova doesn’t recognize him as the indie-favorite singer-songwriter who recently vanished from the public eye. She knows only what he’s told her: That life as he knows it is over. His deteriorating condition makes playing his guitar physically impossible―as far as Mason is concerned, he might as well be dead already.

Except he doesn’t know how to say goodbye.

Helping him is Nova’s biggest challenge yet. She knows she should keep clients at arm’s length. But she and Mason have more in common than anyone could guess… and meeting him might turn out to be the hardest, best thing that’s ever happened to them both.

Jessica Strawser's The Next Thing You Know is an emotional, resonant story about the power of human connection, love when you least expect it, hope against the odds, and what it really takes to live life with no regrets.
"Uplifting, hopeful, and full of wisdom about surviving loss, embracing life, and offering and accepting forgiveness." —Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White

"Jessica Strawser does it again—first-rate storytelling, a fresh, unique premise, and a didn't-see-that-coming twist, resulting in a book that's unputdownable! Strawser spins a wise, thought-provoking story that crackles with tension and intrigue. Perfect for book clubs, The Next Thing You Know will have you pondering end-of-life issues, and guessing the final, shocking twist." —Lori Nelson Spielman, internationally bestselling author of The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

“A breathtaking, emotional, and compelling novel, The Next Thing You Know is a poignant look at love and hope, and the importance of living every moment with no regrets. Unflinching and unforgettable, this one will crack your heart open and slowly stitch it back together.” —Christina McDonald, bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell



The Next Thing You Know: A Novel By Jessica Strawser Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250241641
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - March 22nd, 2022

Event address: 
Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
Event date: 
Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 7:00pm