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      Madeline Stevens in Conversation With Kevin Sampsell in Portland


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      August 22, 2019

      Thursday   7:30 PM

      3723 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
      Portland, Oregon 97214

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      Madeline Stevens in Conversation With Kevin Sampsell

      Ella is flat broke: wasting away on bodega coffee, barely making rent, seducing the occasional strange man who might buy her dinner. Unexpectedly, an Upper East Side couple named Lonnie and James rescues her from her empty bank account, offering her a job as a nanny and ushering her into their moneyed world. Ella’s days are now spent tending to the baby in their elegant brownstone or on extravagant excursions with the family. Both women are just 26 – but unlike Ella, Lonnie has a doting husband and son, unmistakable artistic talent, and old family money. Ella is mesmerized by Lonnie’s girlish affection and disregard for the normal boundaries of friendship and marriage. Convinced there must be a secret behind Lonnie’s seemingly effortless life, Ella begins sifting through her belongings. All the while, Ella’s resentment grows, but so does an inexplicable and dizzying attraction. Soon she will be immersed so deeply in her cravings – for Lonnie’s lifestyle, her attention, her lovers – that she may never come up for air. Riveting, propulsive, and startling, Madeline Stevens’s Devotion (Ecco) is a masterful debut novel in which mismatched power collides with blinding desire, incinerating our perceptions of femininity, lust, and privilege. Stevens will be joined in conversation by Kevin Sampsell, publisher of Future Tense Books and author of This Is Between Us.

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