In-person Event: Elizabeth Crane & Gina Frangello

Join us in-person for an author reading, conversation, and book-signing in honor of This Story Will Change by Elizabeth Crane! For this event, Crane will be in conversation with Gina Frangello. 

Please note: all in-person events held at Women & Children FIrst require masks and proof of vaccination.


One minute Elizabeth Crane and her husband of fifteen years are fixing up their old house in Upstate New York, finally setting down roots after stints in Chicago, Texas, and Brooklyn, when his unexpected admission—I’m not happy—changes everything. Suddenly she finds herself separated and in couples therapy, living in an apartment in the city with an old friend and his kid. It’s understood that the apartment and bonus family are temporary, but the situation brings unexpected comfort and much-needed healing for wounds even older than her marriage.
Crafting the story as the very events chronicled are unfolding, Crane writes from a place of guarded possibility, capturing through vignettes and collected moments a semblance of the real-time practice of healing. At turns funny and dark, with moments of poignancy, This Story Will Change is an unexpected and moving portrait of a woman in transformation, a chronicle of how even the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves are bound to change.

Elizabeth Crane is the author of six works of fiction, most recently the novel The History of Great Things and the story collection Turf. She is a recipient of the Chicago Public Library Foundation 21st Century Award. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts and adapted for the stage by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. Her novel, We Only Know So Much, has been adapted for film. She teaches in the low-residency master’s program at UC Riverside–Palm Desert. She lives in Upstate New York.
Gina Frangello is the author of Blow Your House Down, Every Kind of WantingA Life in MenSlut Lullabies, and My Sister's Continent. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in PloughsharesThe Boston GlobeChicago TribuneHuffPostFenceFive ChaptersPrairie SchoonerChicago Reader, and many other publications. She lives with her family in the Chicago area.
Event date: 
Monday, August 22, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
This Story Will Change: After the Happily Ever After By Elizabeth Crane Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640094789
Availability: We can order this for you!
Published: Counterpoint - August 9th, 2022