Socialites and Sororities

Decatur Library presented by WABE

Saturday, 5:30-6:15

A 1950s socialite chafes against parental expectations in Amber Brock's Lady Be Good, and Lisa Patton's Rush explores a modern-day caste system that just may be breaking down. Whether past or present, a woman's pedigree sometimes really matters.


Amber Brock

Amber Brock is the author of Lady Be Good, a work of historical/women's/literary fiction that follows on the heels of her critically acclaimed, debut novel, A Fine Imitation. Brock is a history aficionado, taking every opportunity to travel abroad and take in history and art museums. Brock teaches British literature and creative writing at the Atlanta Girls School. Being part of this all-girl community has made single-gender education one of Brock’s passions. She considers "her girls" every time she sits down to write, and thoughts of them shape the outcome of her work. She would like to write books that both explore their what challenges and inspires them. Brock received her undergraduate degree from Furman University and a master's from the University of Georgia. She lives in Smyrna with her husband, also an English teacher, and their three rescue dogs.

Lisa Patton

Lisa Patton, bestselling author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, Yankee Doodle Dixie, Southern as a Second Language, and Rush, is a Memphis, Tennessee, native who spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three sub-zero winters sent her speeding back down South. She has more than 20 years' experience in the music and entertainment business, including radio, television, and concert promotions, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. The proud mother of two sons, eight bonus children and eleven grandchildren, Lisa lives in the rolling hills of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and their four-legged furry daughter named Rosie.


Stacia Pelletier

Stacia Pelletier is the author of Accidents of Providence and The Half Wives, both of which were shortlisted for the Townsend Prize in Fiction. She earned graduate degrees in religion and historical theology from Emory University. She has been a Woodruff Fellow, a W.M. Keck Foundation Fellow, and a two-time fellow of the Hambidge Center. She works at Emory University in Atlanta.