"Unlikable" Characters—What's Not to Like?
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Sunday, November 6, 2022
Capitol Extension Room E2.012
1100 Congress Avenue, Austin TX

Two debut novelists discuss how they create characters that draw us in despite a distinct lack of “likability.”  The Caretakers by Michener MFA Amanda Bestor-Siegel follows a deeply complicated group of women in Paris as an American au pair working for one of the families is blamed for the sudden death of a child. Meanwhile, Caroline Frost’s Shadows of Pecan Hollow—a Washington Post recommended read—tells of a young woman abducted by low-level criminal Manny and conned into being his partner in a string of stick-ups. Two decades later, the life she’s built is threatened when Manny shows back up at her door.

Moderator: Julia Jones, Texas Highways magazine associate editor

Amanda Bestor-Siegal, Caroline Frost, The Caretakers, Shadows of Pecan Hollow


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