• Stray

    by Stephanie Danler
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May 28, 2020

Stephanie Danler

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes STEPHANIE DANLER—author of the New York Times bestselling novel Sweetbitter—for a discussion of her memoir, Stray. She will be joined in conversation by author Lisa Taddeo. 


After selling her first novel—a dream she'd worked long and hard for—Stephanie Danler knew she should be happy. Instead, she found herself driven to face the difficult past she'd left behind a decade ago: a mother disabled by years of alcoholism, further handicapped by a tragic brain aneurysm; a father who abandoned the family when she was three, now a meth addict in and out of recovery. After years in New York City she's pulled home to Southern California by forces she doesn't totally understand, haunted by questions of legacy and trauma. Here, she works toward answers, uncovering hard truths about her parents and herself as she explores whether it's possible to change the course of her history.

Lucid and honest, heart-breaking and full of hope, Stray is an examination of what we inherit and what we don't have to, of what we have to face in ourselves to move forward, and what it's like to let go of one's parents in order to find peace—and a family—of one's own.

About Author(s)

Stephanie Danler is a writer based in Los Angeles, California.

Lisa Taddeo is a journalist who has contributed to New York magazine, EsquireElleGlamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the Best American Sports Writing and Best American Political Writing anthologies, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes in 2017 and 2019. She lives with her husband and daughter in Connecticut.