Kristen McGuiness with Emily Lynn Paulson — 'Live Through This'

A modern suburban western set at the edge of 2016, Live Through This is at once a family drama and political saga about a woman who is forced to face her complicated grief in order to avenge her husband's death and her own life.

Third Place Books welcomes Kristen McGuiness to our Ravenna store! McGuiness will be discussing her latest novel in over a decade, Live Through This, a modern-day western about love and violence, trauma and redemption, and how, in the end, the destiny which controls us, is also up to us to control. She will be joined in conversation by Emily Lynn Paulson. This event is free and open to the public.

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About Live Through This. . .

Jane is a woman trying to reconcile the joyous mediocrity of middle-aged life. Formerly a producer for Blake Edwards, one of television’s biggest broadcasters, Jane felt destined for stardom. But when her romance and career with Blake unceremoniously ended, she found herself picking up the pieces with another dreamer gone astray, Theo, a former LA Dodger whose career was also derailed. Both recovering addicts, they began a new life of car seats, day jobs, meaningful tattoos, and the micro-aggressions of marriage.

When tragedy strikes, disrupting everything they’ve built, Jane must not only confront her past, but the potential she abandoned years before. After Blake’s new producer calls her, Jane finds herself again on center stage. Negotiating between advocacy and exploitation, Jane must decide if she is willing to fight for the dream she left behind, and against the systems that destroyed it.


Praise for Live Through This. . .

"Sometimes the Zeitgeist burns from within. Kristen McGuiness's Live Through This reminds us that we begin again even when our lives blow up, even after loss, after grief, after failure, we might yet find the beacons of love, living, thriving. A triumph of heart and guts. A blaze."
—Lidia Yuknavitch

"Live Through This is a rare combination of a compulsively readable, propulsive narrative while at the same time being a politically radical stand in the age of mass gun violence and #metoo awakenings. McGuiness' medicine goes down sweet, but make no mistake, this novel is a call to action.'
—Gina Frangello

"With Live Through This, Kristen McGuiness has, with humor, grace, and a deep understanding of what it means to be human, offered an achingly beautiful depiction of love and loss in what is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. I often forgot I was reading a novel and not just witnessing moments of someone’s life. I could not put this book down, and, in full disclosure, that’s my favorite kind of book. The kind that stays with me long after I read the last sentence, the kind where I care fiercely for the people who live within the pages."
—Jennifer Pastiloff

Kristen McGuiness has a storied career in publishing. She is the bestselling author of 51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life, which was optioned by Original Films/CBS Cable. She is the co-founder, Vice President, and Editor-at-Large of Row House Publishing, a disruptive publishing imprint at the intersection of wellness + social justice, founded with best-selling author Rebekah Borucki, and has over twenty years’ experience in book development, writing, and editorial. She has worked with such authors as Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Stephen Covey, Leon Logothetis, Joe Gorga, Darren Prince, Stedman Graham, and more. She began her career working in publicity for St. Martin's Press before joining the editorial departments of Simon & Schuster, Free Press, and Judith Regan at HarperCollins. Since then, Kristen has also worked in non-profit fundraising as a strategic grants and marketing director, helping to raise millions for local and international non-profits. She lives in Ojai, CA with her husband, two children and their dog, Peter.

Emily Lynn Paulson is the author of Hey, Hun: Sales, Sisterhood, Supremacy, and the Other Lies Behind Multilevel Marketing, and Highlight Real: Finding Honesty and Recovery Beyond the Filtered Life. She has given two powerful TEDx talks, both challenging the status quo of parenting, alcohol use, and feminism as we know it. Paulson has also been featured in major publications such as the Today Show, New York Times, Washington Post, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Next Question with Katie Couric, and the Tamron Hall Show. A former long time Seattle resident, she currently resides in Central Oregon with her husband and their five children.

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