Books and Beer with Rising Tide

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Note: The date for this event changed from February 27th to February 20th.

Location: Rising Tide Brewing Company, 103 Fox St

Print: A Bookstore has partnered with the lovely folks over at Rising Tide to co-host a monthly book club lead by former Print events coordinator, Rachael Conrad. The next meeting is on February 20th at 7 PM, and will be discussing BRIEFLY, A DELICIOUS LIFE by Nell Stevens. The location is changing from Banded Brewing Co. and will now take place at Rising Tide Brewing Company!

In 1473, fourteen-year-old Blanca dies in a hilltop monastery in Mallorca. Nearly four hundred years later, when George Sand, her two children, and her lover Frederic Chopin arrive in the village, Blanca is still there: a spirited, funny, righteous ghost, she’s been hanging around the monastery since her accidental death, spying on the monks and the townspeople and keeping track of her descendants.

Blanca is enchanted the moment she sees George, and the magical novel unfolds as a story of deeply felt, unrequited longing—a teenage ghost pining for a woman who can’t see her and doesn’t know she exists. As George and Chopin, who wear their unconventionality, in George’s case, literally on their sleeves, find themselves in deepening trouble with the provincial, 19th-century villagers, Blanca watches helplessly and reflects on the circumstances of her own death (which involved an ill-advised love affair with a monk-in-training).

Charming, original, and emotionally moving, this “deeply wild debut follows the unconventional love triangle” (Cosmopolitan) between George, Chopin, and Blanca—a gorgeous and surprising exploration of artistry, desire, and life after death.

Briefly, A Delicious Life: A Novel By Nell Stevens Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982190958
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Scribner - July 25th, 2023

Event address: 
Rising Tide Brewing Company
103 Fox St
Portland, ME 04101