Perfectionism & The Athlete’s Body in History

We hope you will join us for an Reading & Conversation about Perfectionism & The Female Body with two debut novelists, Jaclyn Gilbert and Jessie Chaffee, on Friday, November 16 at 6pm at Bluestockings Bookstore!

Jaclyn Gilbert’s debut Late Air (Little A, Nov 2018) interrogates the dangers of perfectionism in elite women’s distance running, while Jessie Chaffee’s novel Florence In Ecstasy (Unnamed Press, May 2017) looks at one woman’s search for herself in Florence after she joins a local rowing club, consumed by her quest for perfection through sport, and Florence’s own dangerous history of sainthood for women who starved themselves for God.

For this event, Jaclyn and Jessie will discuss the writing process behind their books, and along the way, delve into larger questions of female identity, sports, and our culture’s obsession with perfection. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A, and book signing!