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INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP WEEK 2024: Lauren Elkin - Scaffolding | Sunday 16 June, 6pm

INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP WEEK 2024: Lauren Elkin - Scaffolding | Sunday 16 June, 6pm

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After a brilliant event for Art Monsters in summer 2023, we are totally delighted to be welcoming Lauren Elkin back to the shop - this time to talk about her DEBUT NOVEL, SCAFFOLDING in conversation with author and academic Naomi Booth. Pre-order your copy of the book (published 13 June 2024) here


The story of two couples who live in the same apartment in north-east Paris almost fifty years apart.

In 2019, Anna, a psychoanalyst, is processing a recent miscarriage. Her husband, David, takes a job in London so she spends days obsessing over renovating the kitchen while befriending a younger woman called Clémentine who has moved into the building and is part of a radical feminist collective called les colleuses.

Meanwhile, in 1972, Florence and Henry are redoing their kitchen. Florence is finishing her degree in psychology while hoping to get pregnant. But Henry isn’t sure he’s ready for fatherhood…

Both sets of couples face the challenges of marriage, fidelity, and pregnancy, against a backdrop of political disappointment and intellectual controversy. The characters and their ghosts bump into and weave around each other, not knowing that they once all inhabited the same space.

A novel in the key of Éric Rohmer, Scaffolding is about the bonds we create with people, and the difficulty of ever fully severing them; about the ways that people we’ve known live on in us; and about the way that the homes we make hold communal memories of the people who’ve lived in them and the stories that have been told there.


At this event, Lauren will be talking about SCAFFOLDING in conversation with academic and author of EXIT MANAGEMENT and ANIMALS AT NIGHT, Naomi Booth.

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