Leesa Cross-Smith: Half-Blown Rose Launch

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

In-Conversation with of Perks of Being a Booklover hosts Carrie Vittitoe and Amy Smalley


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From the award-winning author of This Close to Okay comes the irresistible story of a woman remaking her life after her husband’s betrayal leads to a year of travel, art, and passion in Paris.

Vincent, having grown up the privileged daughter of artists, has a life that is lovely in many ways. At forty-four, she enjoys strolling the streets of Paris and teaching at the modern art museum; she has a vibrant group of friends; and she’s even caught the eye of a young, charismatic man named Loup. But Vincent is also in Paris to escape a painful betrayal: her husband, Cillian, has published a bestselling book divulging secrets about his past and their marriage, including the fact that when he was a teenager, he may have had a child with a young woman back in Dublin—before his family moved to California and never returned.

Now estranged, Vincent has agreed to see Cillian again at their son’s wedding the following summer, but Loup introduces new complications. Soon they begin an intense affair, and somewhere between dinners made together, hazy evenings in nightclubs where Loup’s band plays, and long, starry walks along the Seine, Vincent feels herself blossoming. Filled with playlists, travel journal entries, and excerpts from Cillian’s novel, Half-Blown Rose traverses Paris, liminal spaces, and the messy complexities of relationships. As Cillian does all he can to win her back, Vincent must decide what she wants . . . and who she will be.


Leesa Cross-Smith is the author of Every Kiss a War, Whiskey & Ribbons, So We Can Glow, and This Close to Okay. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and their two teenagers. Find more at LeesaCrossSmith.com.


Amy Smalley and Carrie Vittitoe are the hosts of the book podcast The Perks of Being a Book Lover that is also a weekly radio show on 106.5fm WFMP-LP in Louisville, Kentucky. When they aren’t fiercely competing with each other over who can read the most books in a year, they are interviewing authors such as Hugo-award winning Alix Harrow and Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria as well as chatting with book lovers from all over the globe. 

Carrie has been an English teacher and freelance writer for over a decade.  Amy has been a vintage bookseller, a reading tutor, and a Friends of the Library founder for a rural Eastern Kentucky library. Carrie and Amy met in their book club over 15 years ago. 


“With Half-Blown Rose, Leesa Cross-Smith has given us a brilliant, sexy, funny masterpiece. Reading her stunning prose is a full-blown experience. Within the deeply intimate worlds she conjures, she captures love, lust, and longing with such emotional intricacy and verve, I’m fairly certain I read this entire book with my hand pressed against my heart.” —Deesha Philyaw, author of National Book Award 2020 finalist The Secret Lives of Church Ladies


“By far the most exhilarating and sexy American-in-Paris story I’ve ever read. Leesa Cross-Smith’s Half-Blown Rose is smart, intriguing, and pure delight.” —Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers


“Leesa Cross-Smith’s richly vivid prose pulls you in and transports you to Paris. Sharp-edged and sexy, Half-Blown Rose is an utterly intoxicating story of love, betrayal, and loyalty.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising






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ISBN: 9781538755167
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 31st, 2022

An irresistible story of a woman remaking her life after her husband’s betrayal leads to a year of travel, art, and passion in Paris, from the award-winning author of This Close to Okay.
Vincent, having grown up as the privileged daughter of artists, has a lovely life in many ways.

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Sharp-edged and sexy, Half-Blown Rose is an utterly intoxicating story of love, betrayal, and loyalty