In Conversation with Gin Phillips moderated by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Come see Gin Phillips and Julia Claiborne Johnson discuss Family Law via a free Zoom event!


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Book synopsis

Set in Alabama in the 1980s, Family Law follows Lucia, an ambitious lawyer who’s made a name for herself in a time when a woman in a courtroom is still a rarity. One of only two women in her law school class, Lucia has had to fight tooth and nail for her career, battling misogyny and harassment along the way. Now she helps her female clients to do the same, working on domestic abuse cases, messy divorces, and custody battles. When she meets Rachel, the teenage daughter of a potential client, an unlikely friendship is born – and Lucia, somewhat inadvertently, becomes a feminist role model to a young girl trying to find her place in the world.


For Rachel, Lucia’s carefully crafted life proves there are different ways of being a woman in the world than what she’s been taught. From her hot pink fingernails to her love of movies to her outspoken nature, Lucia is the polar opposite of Rachel’s mother, who preaches tradition and rules like Never sleep on your face because you’ll get wrinkles.


But Lucia’s prominence and her work on complicated cases have put a target on her back. When threats against her start to put Rachel in danger, she must decide what’s more important: the safety of those she cares about or the rights she’s spent her life fighting for. The story alternates between Lucia and Rachel’s perspectives, two funny, strong female leads – one trying to protect the life she’s built, and the other eager to carve out a different future than what she’s been promised. 



Author Bio

Gin Phillips is the author of six novels, ranging from historical fiction to literary thriller to middle grade. Her work has been sold in 29 countries. Gin’s debut novel, The Well and the Mine, won the 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Her recent novel, Fierce Kingdom, was named one of the best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly, NPR, Amazon, and Kirkus Reviews. Her novels have been named as selections for Indie Next, Book of the Month, and the Junior Library Guild. Born in Montgomery, Al., Gin graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in political journalism. She lives with her family in Birmingham, Al.


Host Bio:

Julia Claiborne Johnson is the author of the bestselling Be Frank with Me, a finalist for the American Bookseller’s Association Best Debut Novel Award and Better Luck Next Time . She grew up on a farm in Tennessee before moving to New York City, where she worked at Mademoiselle and Glamour magazines. She now lives in Los Angeles with her comedy-writer husband and their two children.



Event date: 
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Family Law: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984880628
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - May 4th, 2021