Same As It Ever Was: An Evening with Claire Lombardo

We are thrilled to welcome Claire Lombardo to the store for a discussion featuring her new book, Same As It Ever Was! The New York Times bestselling author of the wonderfully immersive The Most Fun We Ever Had, returns with another brilliantly observed family drama in which the enduring, hard-won affection of a long marriage faces imminent derailment from events both past and present. In her ambitious sophomore novel, Lombardo yet again introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters, this time by way of a singularly complicated protagonist, showcasing the consummate style, signature wit, knife-sharp dialogue, knotty familial bonds, and profound emotional intelligence that made her debut such a breakout family drama. 

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More About the Book: At fifty-seven, Julia Ames is living an improbably lovely life. Despite her inclination toward self-sabotage and prickly alienation, she has found herself with a husband she loves, two happy children, and a quiet, contented existence in the suburbs. When she bumps into an old friend that she hasn’t spoken to in years—a friend who almost ended her marriage decades prior—Julia finds herself reexamining her supposedly happy life. Compounded with a bombshell announcement from her son and her daughter’s impending departure for college, this chance meeting threatens to send Julia spinning out of control.

Daunted by a looming empty nest, Julia becomes consumed with her checkered past—and with the chaos of her present. She grapples with a complicated new daughter-in-law, the reappearance of her own estranged mother, and the forbidden allure of rekindling a relationship that was once both her lifeline and her downfall. The novel follows Julia over the course of a few tumultuous months as well as the fifty-plus years that preceded them, from her chaotic childhood in Chicago to her fraught early days of marriage and motherhood. Same As It Ever Was ultimately examines the complete and complicated trajectory of one woman’s life and asks what it takes to form—and keep—a family. Delving even deeper into the nature of relationships—how they grow, change, and sometimes end—Lombardo proves herself a true and definitive cartographer of the human heart and asserts herself among the finest novelists of her generation.

Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, says, “Pitch-perfect. . . Lombardo is compulsively readable and consistently funny, and it’s impossible to look away as Julia continues to self-sabotage. This domestic drama hits all the right notes.”

More About the Author: Claire Lombardo is the author of The Most Fun We Ever Had. She lives in Iowa City, where she has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and works part-time as a bookseller at Prairie Lights Books.


Event date: 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stal
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Same As It Ever Was: A Novel By Claire Lombardo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385549554
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday - June 18th, 2024

The New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had (“wonderfully immersive…deliciously absorbing”—NPR) returns with another brilliantly observed family drama in which the enduring, hard-won affection of a long marriage faces imminent derailment from events both past and present.