At nearly six feet tall, Constance Kopp towers over men, has no interest in marriage, and has been alienated from society with her sisters for over 15 years, ever since a family secret sent them into hiding. When a rich silk factory owner threatens their family farm, the sheriff enlists Constance’s help; “Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family – and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared,” says the description for Girl Waits With a Gun. Author Amy Stewart (The Drunken Botanist) will be reading from her debut novel, which has earned all kinds of starred reviews and the praise of Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Prey, Love), who called it “a smart, romping adventure.”
For those who only discovered (and promptly binge-watched) the show just a few years ago on Netflix, it’s a little weird to think the book that spawned Emmy-winning Friday Night Lights was actually first published in back in 1990. The classic account of the Permian Panthers follows the high school team’s 1988 season in Odessa, Texas. Says the blurb on Amazon: “Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going.” It’s good to know that the book is just as earnest as the show. Themes like racial and social divides in America’s small towns still hold up today, so snag a copy of the 25th anniversary edition (with updates on where the team members are now) and hear author Buzz Bissinger in conversation with the book’s editor, Jane Isay.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).