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From Margaret Hawkins comes a mesmerizing portrait of friendship that explores seven women’s lives with a generous embrace and wondrous wisdom.

Lydia is having a party—it’s a party she hosts every year for six female friends who treasure the midwinter bash. Over a table laden with a feast of food and wine, the women revel in sharing newsy updates, simmering secrets, and laughter. As this particular evening unfolds, Lydia prepares to make a shattering announcement.

As we follow these friends through their party preparations, we meet flawed but lovable characters who are navigating the hassles of daily chores while also meditating in stolen moments on their lives, their regrets, their complicated relationships, and their deepest desires. When Lydia’s announcement shocks them all, they rediscover the enduring bonds of friendship and find their lives changing in unexpected ways.

Tender, wryly funny, and exquisitely written, Lydia’s Party poignantly considers both the challenges of everyday life and of facing our fears while creating characters whose foibles and feistiness will capture listeners’ hearts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tender and clear-eyed look at the tangles in women’s lives.”

    Good Housekeeping (A New Book Pick)

  • “Captivating…There is much to enjoy in Hawkins’ incisive observations…You’ll like these women…[and] the story keeps you reading as it examines the gap between how we think we build our destinies…and how we actually build them.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “This book feels like what lifelong friendships really are.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “With shades of Mrs. Dalloway, much of the novel takes place in a day, as Lydia prepares for her annual winter party…Hawkins’ novel is beautiful…and the plot takes a number of unexpected, hugely enjoyable turns. It is this kind of book: the kind one buys extra copies of to pass out to friends.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Hawkins’ third smart, crackling novel is a snowy, midwestern Mrs. Dalloway, with Elizabeth Berg-ish charm and Hawkins’ own edgy, artfully particularized humor…As Lydia and her circle pull together in her time of need, Hawkins considers the profound gift of friendship and the ways art and life converge to forge meaning and preserve truth and memories.”


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About the Author

Margaret Hawkins is the author of two previous novels, A Year of Cats and Dogs and How to Survive a Natural Disaster, as well as a memoir about her sister, After Schizophrenia: The Story of My Sister’s Reawakening. She has also written for the Chicago Sun-Times and is a senior lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.