Join us for a virtual reading with Margaret Davis Ghielmetti, author of Brave(ish): A Memoir of a Recovering Perfectionist, in conversation with Patricia Ann McNair on Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30 PM CST.
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At forty, Margaret quits her sales job to follow her husband’s hotel career to Paris. She’s an intrepid traveler setting sail on this adventure with a glass half full of bravery, a journal in which to write her novel, and the mentally engrained Family Handbook of Rules to Live By. Everyone tells Margaret she’s living the dream, but without a professional identity, she is adrift. Desperate to feel valued, she at first throws herself into new roles: perfect spouse, hostess, tour guide, and expatriate. But when the void inside threatens to engulf her, she does the one thing she was raised never to do: asks for—and accepts—help.
Over the next fifteen years abroad, the cultures of Egypt, Thailand, India, Singapore, and Switzerland confront Margaret with lessons she never would have learned at home. But it’s only with a move back to Chicago—where she steps in as perfect caretaker to her parents—that she must decide: will she let go of the old rules and roles she thinks keep her safe in order to step into her own life and creative destiny?
Margaret Davis Ghielmetti is a Chicago writer, "live lit" storyteller, solo performance artist, and photographer. She and her Swiss husband have lived on four continents and have visited nearly fifty countries. Those travels inform her rallying cry ("The world is not my enemy!") and her creative work including winning two StorySLAMs with The Moth. Ghielmetti's solo show, “Fierce,” and her book, Brave(ish): A Memoir of a Recovering Perfectionist, deal with claiming and connecting to your own life in middle age and beyond. She is proud to have been included in Newcity's LIT 50 2020.
Patricia Ann McNair’s The Temple of Air received Southern Illinois University Devil’s Kitchen Readers Award and the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award. And These Are The Good Times was a Montaigne Medal finalist. Responsible Adults, a Cornerstone Press Legacy Series selection, is scheduled for release in December 2020. She teaches in undergraduate and graduate programs at Columbia College Chicago.