Meet Laura Lippman, Author of Prom Mom

On Friday, August 4 at 4:00 PM, San Mateo County Libraries welcomes Laura Lippman as she discusses her newest book, Prom Mom, before answering your questions. Laura will be in conversation with fellow mystery writer Laurie R King (Back to the Garden).

Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive your Zoom invitation.

Page-turner of Haunted Pasts and a Second Chances

In Prom Mom, Amber Glass has spent her entire adult life putting as much distance as possible between herself and her hometown of Baltimore, where she fears she will forever be known as “Prom Mom”—the girl who allegedly killed her baby on the night of the prom after her date, Joe Simpson, abandoned her to pursue the girl he really liked. But when circumstances bring Amber back to the city, she realizes she can have a second chance—as long as she stays away from Joe, now a successful commercial real estate developer, married to a plastic surgeon, Meredith, to whom he is devoted.

The problem is, Amber can’t stay away from Joe. And Joe finds that it’s increasingly hard for him to ignore Amber, if only because she remembers the boy he was and the man he said he was going to be. Against the surreal backdrop of 2020 and early 2021, the two are slowly drawn to each other and eventually cross the line they’ve been trying not to cross.  

And then Joe asks Amber to help him do the unthinkable…

Get to Know Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling author and former reporter who published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Since her debut, she has been recognized as a distinctive voice in mystery fiction. Named one of the essential crime writers of the last 100 years, Lippman has been called “special, even extraordinary” by Stephen King and “a brilliant novelist” by Gillian Flynn. Her books have won most of the major awards in her field and have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. She lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.

Praise for Prom Mom 

“Prom Mom subverts the tabloid headline of its title into something more surprising, transgressive and sexy. Laura Lippman is an absolute master of plot and timing, and I would follow her anywhere—even to the prom.” — Emma Straub (This Time Tomorrow)

Passionate, provocative, deeply chilling and relentlessly paced, Prom Mom is, for my money, an instant classic. With a cast of characters real enough to leap off the page and haunt your dreams—especially my new hero, Amber Glass. A truly unforgettable read.” — Alison Gaylin (The Collective)

It moves so fast and so skillfully, you don’t fully grasp what it’s really saying (about men, women, desire) until its final stunning pages.” — Megan Abbott (Beware the Woman)

Laura Lippman is a seasoned pro at crafting mysteries and crime fiction." — Time