Lauren Grodstein for Our Short History

Tuesday, April 18th 6:30pm

Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She's had to be: when Jacob's father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn't in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave her intention was to raise their child alone. But now Jake is asking to meet his dad, and with good reason: Karen is dying.

When she finally calls her ex, she's shocked to find Dave ecstatic about the son he never knew he had. First, he can t meet Jake fast enough, and then, he can't seem to leave him alone. With just a few more months to live, Karen resists allowing Dave to insinuate himself into Jake's life. As she tries to play out her last days in the right way, Karen wrestles with the truth that the only thing she cannot bring herself to do for her son--let his father become a permanent part of his life--is the thing he needs from her the most.

With heart-wrenching poignancy, unexpected wit, and mordant humor, Lauren Grodstein has created an unforgettable story about parenthood, sacrifice, and life itself.