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  • Event
  • In-Person: Seaport

Grubbie Debut: Sara Shukla, author of 'Pink Whales,' in conversation with Jane Roper

Event Description

GrubStreet and Porter Square Books: Boston Edition are delighted to present the latest installment of the Grubbie Debut event series, featuring debut author Sara Shukla!

Learn more and register here!

About Pink Whales

Falling in with the cool moms of her preppy New England town might upend one woman's life, in a sparkling and sharp-witted novel about marriage, escape, and deceptively tidy little lives.

Charlie is already feeling adrift when she relocates to an exclusive town in coastal New England with her mysteriously distant husband, Dev, and their young twins in tow. She hopes the move will recharge her stalled marriage, and she wants her kids to feel like they belong, even if she's clearly a fish out of water herself. In a strange new world where summer is a verb and both the harbor and the partygoers are awash in a dizzying constellation of pinks and pastels, she's never felt so confounded or alone. She'll need more than a preppy handbook to find her way.

Then a trio of power moms--imposing, beautiful, and monogrammed--comes to the rescue, and Charlie clings to their attention like a life raft. As Dev pulls further away, Charlie dives into her newfound friends' circle of yacht clubs, rivalries, and bizarre theme parties, hoping to find her sea legs. She even dares to cozy up to a hot, barefoot, and aggressively flirty local. But if she's running from her problems at home, where exactly is she escaping to? Charlie is beginning to wonder. This ridiculous new normal--and her desire to be part of it--might just eat her alive.

About the Authors

Sara Shukla is the author of Pink Whales and an editor for WBUR's Cognoscenti. You can find her writing at WBUR as well as the Los Angeles Review of Books, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. An alum of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator and the University of Virginia, she lives in Massachusetts with her family.

Jane Roper is the author of two novels, The Society of Shame, and Eden Lake, and a memoir, Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins. Her essays and humor have appeared in Salon, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Millions, Poets & Writers, LitHub, NPR, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Jane currently lives just north of Boston with her husband, rad teenage twins, and two cats, one of whom sucks.

Format/Location

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.


Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask-optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in person.


Space Accessibility:

Our space is ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA-compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.