Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale, authors of Graduates in Wonderland

Event date: 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 6:00pm

A Room of One's Own invites recent college grads and almost-adults of all ages to join us in welcoming Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale for a reading and discussion from their joint memoir of post-college life.
Best friends Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale graduated from Brown University in 2007 and found themselves suddenly thrust into their real adult lives. At their graduation, Jess and Rachel made a pact: to stay in touch and never gloss over the bad stuff because, as Rachel puts it, “then what’s the point?”

At once aspirational and relatable, GRADUATES IN WONDERLAND: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults (Gotham Books, May 6, 2014, Paperback Original & eBook) is a coming-of-age story told through two friends’ most intimate emails about the winding path to adulthood, from New York to Beijing to Paris to Melbourne. There are good days and bad dates, both depicted with epic hilarity in the vein of Lena Dunham’s Girls. But most of all, it’s about the endurance of friendship throughout the turbulent years of one’s twenties.

Jess and Rachel gamely navigate language barriers, romantic flirting and flattening, workplace success, abandoned jobs, networking pitfalls, fragile friendships, office love, general pangs of loneliness and bouts of youthful euphoria, all with open hearts and wry asides. Self-aware and ever-hopeful, GRADUATES IN WONDERLAND traces the young women’s journey from their beginnings as fresh-faced graduates to their later incarnations as (almost) adults.

Over the course of their tongue-in-cheek, hilarious, and deeply genuine emails, Jess and Rachel share an inside glimpse of the intimate conversations between two best friends as they come of age and explore the world.

Author photo credit: Ian Cook

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315 W. Gorham St.
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ISBN: 9781592408603
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Published: Gotham Books - May 6th, 2014