Angie Cruz visits City of Asylum on launch day for her fourth novel How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water.
About the novel: Cara Romero thought she would work at the factory of little lamps for the rest of her life. But when, in her mid-50s, she loses her job in the Great Recession, she is forced back into the job market for the first time in decades. Set up with a job counselor, Cara uses sessions to narrate the story of her life. Over the course of twelve sessions, Cara recounts her relationships and friendships, her struggles with debt, gentrification and loss, and, eventually, what really happened with her estranged son. As Cara confronts her darkest secrets and regrets, we see a woman buffeted by life but still full of fight. This is an indelible new novel about a woman who has lost everything but the chance to finally tell her story.