Debra Galant, “Cars from a Marriage,” May 14 at NDB

Coming to New Dominion Bookshop:

Debra Galant will present selections from her new novel

Cars from a Marriage

Friday, May 14 at 5:30 PM

Cars from a Marriage by Debra GalantAn “auto-biography” of a marriage from the highly acclaimed author who deftly navigates the lives of one suburban couple with humor and insight

From a ’74 Mustang to a Chevy Suburban, Debra Galant’s Cars from A Marriage charts the important events—big and small—in one couple’s relationship by way of the automobiles that drive them throughout the course of their lives. Ivy is a transplanted Southern belle—the daughter of a car salesman— who continually wonders how she has ended up a New Jersey stay-at-home mom with a not-so-secret fear of driving. Her husband Ellis was a stand up comedian when they met, and the owner of that ’74 Mustang, but his ambitions were overshadowed by the responsibilities of a family. In the blink of an eye he became a PR executive with a mortgage, two kids, and a Buick LeSabre.

The cars steer us from their first meeting, to their first fight, and down the line to a family funeral. Finally, it’s on a drive along the Pacific Coast Highway that Ivy and Ellis come to some serious and illuminating realizations about their lives. With insights that alternate between hilarious and profound, Galant provides a unique, unforgettable portrait of a marriage.

Debra GalantAbout Debra Galant: In 1995, Debra Galant was asked to write a cover story for the Jersey section of the New York Times on the subject of suburban etiquette. Little did she know that suburban etiquette would become her beat, or that the story would lead to a five-year column in the newspaper of record.

Since that first cover story, Debra has written hundreds of articles and columns for the Times, on topics ranging from kitchen envy to nudist colonies. She has also penned many magazine-length articles, including profiles of Princeton University’s controversial ethicist Peter Singer and of Montclair cosmetics guru Bobbi Brown.

In May 2004, Debra became a new-media pioneer when she launched Baristanet.com. It was named the #1 placeblog in America in January, 2007 and has been visited more than 10 million times.

Rattled, Debra’s first novel, was inspired by a January 2002 Times column she wrote about the endangered timber rattlesnake. Rattled was both a Book Sense pick and a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Her second novel, Fear and Yoga in New Jersey, also a Book Sense pick, was released in 2008.

A native of Virginia and a graduate of University of Virginia, Debra now lives in north Jersey with her husband, AP radio correspondent Warren Levinson, and their two children.

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