• Hold Me Down

    by Clea Simon
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    Hold Me Down

Virtual Event: Clea Simon


Hold Me Down

in conversation with CAROLINE LEAVITT


October 28, 2021
7:00 PM ET


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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes CLEA SIMON—the acclaimed author of World Enough—for a discussion of her latest book, Hold Me Down. She will be joined in conversation by CAROLINE LEAVITT, the bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow.

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About Hold Me Down

Gal, a middle-aged musician, is back in Boston to play a memorial for her late drummer/best friend, when she finds herself freezing on stage at the sight of a face in the crowd. The next day, she learns that the man she saw has been killed—beaten to death behind the venue—and her friend's widower is being charged in connection with his death. When the friend refuses to defend himself, Gal wonders why and, as the memories of begin to flood back, she starts her own informal investigation. As she does so, she must reexamine her own wild life, her perception of the past, and an industry that monetizes dysfunction in a dark tale of love, music, and murder.

Praise for Hold Me Down

“A flat-out, stoked-up, red-alert blistering justice-gets-done story that you can’t put down.” —E. Jean Carroll, author of What Do We Need Men For

"The big mystery in this exquisite novel is not the one in the story but the one in the way Clea Simon tells it. We hear music that never existed, pine for memories we couldn't have, and mourn for the survivors." —David Hajdu, author of Lush Life and Positively 4th Street

“Lyrical, layered, and full of surprises. Simon has penned a raw and emotional thriller with a heartbeat, about lost dreams and missing friends, regrets and buried memories, the final note reminding us that it’s never too late to start again. Provocative, moving, and suspenseful.” —Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Last Girl Ghosted

Caroline Leavitt
Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You, Is This Tomorrow, and ten other novels, including her Good Morning America online pick, With or Without You. A book critic for People and AARP, she runs a blog "Runs in the Family" for Psychology Today and teaches novel writing at UCLA Writers Program Extension. Her work has appeared in the New York Times "Modern Love," New York Magazine, Salon, The Millions, Lit Hub and more. A New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow and a Sundance Screenwriters lab finalist, she lives in NYC's unofficial 6th borough, Hoboken, with her husband, the writer/editor Jeff Tamarkin.

Clea Simon
Clea Simon

Clea Simon

A former journalist, Clea Simon is the Boston Globe–bestselling author of three nonfiction books and more than two dozen mysteries. While most of these (like her recent, A Cat on the Case) are cat cozies/amateur sleuth mysteries, she also writes darker crime fiction, like the rock and roll suspense novel World Enough, which was named a “must read” by the Massachusetts Book Awards. Her upcoming psychological suspense Hold Me Down returns to the music world, focusing on sexual abuse and recovery, as well as love in all its forms. She can be reached at www.cleasimon.com


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