Time: at 7 PM
Place: Borders in Back Bay, 511 Boylston Street, Boston
Boston Signing Benefits Lifebeat—Music Fights HIV
Stephen McCauley will be signing copies of his new novel Insignificant Others on Wed., Dec. 1, at 7 PM at Borders in Back Bay, Boston (511 Boylston Street).
Mr. McCauley will also sign his bestselling novel The Object of My Affection and other backlist titles. The signing is part of December One at Borders, a series of special events at stores nationwide to commemorate World AIDS Day. The signing was coordinated by the Lambda Literary Foundation.
Borders will donate 25% of the proceeds from the sale of McCauley’s books that day to Lifebeat—Music Fights HIV. Lifebeat is a nonprofit that uses the power of music and the music industry to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention.
Insignificant Others: A Novel by Stephen McCauley
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1St Edition edition (June 8, 2010)
Amazon: Insignificant Others: A Novel
What do you do when you discover your spouse has an insignificant other?
How about when you realize your own insignificant other is becoming more significant than your spouse? There are no easy answers to these questions, but Stephen McCauley—"the master of the modern comedy of manners" (USA Today)—makes exploring them a literary delight. Richard Rossi works in HR at a touchy-feely software company and prides himself on his understanding of the foibles and fictions we all use to get through the day. Too bad he’s not as good at spotting such behavior in himself. What else could explain his passionate affair with Benjamin, a very unavailable married man? Richard suggests birthday presents for Benjamin’s wife and vacation plans for his kids, meets him for "lunch" at a sublet apartment, and would never think about calling him after business hours. "In the three years I’d known Benjamin, I’d come to think of him as my husband. He was, after all, a husband, and I saw it as my responsibility to protect his marriage from a barrage of outside threats and bad influences. It was the only way I could justify sleeping with him." Since Richard is not entirely available himself—there’s Conrad, his adorable if maddening partner to contend with—it all seems perfect. But when cosmopolitan Conrad starts spending a suspicious amount of time in Ohio, and economic uncertainty challenges Richard’s chances for promotion, he realizes his priorities might be a little skewed. With a cast of sharply drawn friends, frenemies, colleagues, and personal trainers, Insignificant Others is classic McCauley—a hilarious and ultimately haunting social satire about life in the United States at the bitter end of the boom years, when clinging to significant people and pursuits has never been more important—if only one could figure out what they are.