Author Annabel Abbs writes powerful stories that capture the lives and struggles of remarkable women. She joins us for a livestreamed conversation highlighting her award-winning first novel The Joyce Girl. The story follows Lucia Joyce through 1920’s Paris, chronicling her life as a talented artist and dancer. Through a masterful blend of fiction and biography, Abbs presents a portrait of a gifted and motivated woman working to expand her legacy beyond the powerful men around her—from her father, the iconic James Joyce; to a fellow Irish expat and romantic partner, the novelist Samuel Beckett; and eventually to pioneering psychoanalyst Carl Jung, who would diagnose her with schizophrenia. Abbs gives voice to Lucia and enables her to tell her own story—a fascinating, heartbreaking tale of thwarted ambition, passionate creativity, and the power of love to inspire and destroy. Listen in for a compelling and moving account of the real-life Joyce Girl, of unrealized dreams and rejection, and of the destructive love of a father.
Annabel Abbs is the author of award-winning novel The Joyce Girl, as well as the acclaimed Frieda, which was named a Times Book of the Month and then a Times Book of the Year, as well as featuring on BBC Woman’s Hour, Tatler, Good Housekeeping, Red, and others.
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