Taffy Brodesser-Akner with Jake Silverstein: Long Island Compromise

Tue. Jul 9, 2024 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
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The author and creator of Fleishman Is in Trouble returns with a novel about an American family and the dark moment that shatters their suburban paradise. Pre-order your copy of Long Island Compromise and get your free ticket now!

Book Cover of Long Island CompromiseIn-person registration for this event has sold out, but livestream tickets are still available. A limited number of standby tickets will be available on the night of the event.

In 1980, a wealthy businessman named Carl Fletcher is kidnapped from his driveway, brutalized, and held for ransom. He is returned to his wife and kids less than a week later, only slightly the worse, and the family moves on with their lives. Forty years later, no one in his family—not Carl, not his wife, Ruth, not his three grown children—seem to have gotten over anything. Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s new novel, Long Island Compromise, spans the entirety of one family’s history over decades and generations all the way up to the outrageous present.

Brodesser-Akner discusses her new novel with Jake Silverstein, editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine

Pre-order your copy of the book and skip the line after the event! Tickets labeled "In-Person (with book)" include a copy of Long Island Compromise that you'll receive upon entry.

To join the event in-person | Doors will open 30 minutes before the program begins. For LIVE from NYPL events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Booked seats that have not been claimed will be released shortly before start time, and seats may become available then. A standby line will form 30 minutes before the program.

To join the livestream | Want a copy of Long Island Compromise? Order your book at the Library Shop—proceeds benefit The New York Public Library.

A livestream of this event will be available on the NYPL event page. To receive an email reminder shortly in advance of the event, please be sure to register! If you encounter any issues, please join us on NYPL's YouTube channel.

Long Island Compromise will also be available for purchase from the Library Shop the evening of the event. All books purchased in the bundle should be picked up the evening of the event. If you are unable to pick up your book the evening of the event, you must pick up your book at the NYPL Shop within 14 days. Any unclaimed books will be donated to the Library.


Taffy Brodesser-Akner headshotTaffy Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and the New York Times bestselling author of Fleishman Is in Trouble, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is also the creator and executive producer of its Emmy-nominated limited series adaptation for FX. Long Island Compromise is her second novel.

Jake Silverstein headshotJake Silverstein is the editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine. During his tenure, the magazine has won seventeen National Magazine Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes. Previously, Jake was the editor of Texas Monthly from 2008 to 2014, during which it was nominated for fifteen National Magazine Awards and won four. A former contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine, Silverstein is the author of Nothing Happened and Then It Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction, published in 2010 by W.W. Norton.


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In-Person | Assistive listening devices and/or hearing loops are available at the venue. You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email accessibility@nypl.org or use this Gmail template. This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs. 

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Taffy Brodesser-Akner © Emil Cohen
Courtesy Jake Silverstein

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Celeste Auditorium (Lower Level) The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018