Saturday, November 2, 2019 1 PM - 3 PM
The Good Earth / Great Chefs series is pleased to present Adrienne Brodeur and her memoir Wild Game. Adrienne will be reading and signing copies of her book (which will be available for sale at the event), and there will be small bites and drinks available. The pop-up pantry will be open and stocked with unique holiday gifts, and as always, the farm stand will be open. This is a memoir that is laden with food; the title Wild Game came from a cookbook that served as the ruse for the affair between Adrienne’s mother and her lover.
“It’s a rare memoir that reads like a thriller, but Adrienne Brodeur’s Wild Game manages to do just that. Beautifully written and harrowing, the book left me breathless.”
— Richard Russo, author of The Destiny Thief and Empire Falls
On a hot July night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me.
Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband’s closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne’s life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life—and her mother—on her own terms.
Wild Game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.
ADRIENNE BRODEUR began her career in publishing as the cofounder, with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, of the National Magazine Award–winning Zoetrope: All-Story. She has worked as a book editor and is currently the executive director of Aspen Words.