‘Pink Steering Wheel’ author to speak in Wakefield

‘Pink Steering Wheel’ author to speak in Wakefield



WAKEFIELD — Laura Fahrenthold, author of “The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story,” is the next guest in the Authors on Main series which will take place Sunday at 6 p.m. at Contemporary Theater, 327 Main St., Wakefield.

“The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story,” is a memoir about Fahrenthold’s  journey in the wake of her husband’s death in 2009. Her husband, Mark Pittman, was a reporter for Bloomberg News. He had been investigating the subprime mortgage crisis when he died at age 52 of a heart attack.

Fahrenthold, an award-winning reporter and editor, tells the unflinching story of her husband's sudden death and her quest to honor his memory while raising their two daughters.

Fahrenthold, who writes with unsparing honesty and black humor, would find comfort in the unlikeliest of places — a convenience store, where the clerk offers her advice and cigarettes; on daredevil trips of rock-climbing and diving with her daughters; and even in her own backyard, where a volunteer sunflower emerges just as she's about to sell the house.

But it's the purchase of an all-in-one camper, which they dub “HaRVey,” and a series of trips across the country that will offer both mothers and daughters the time and space to absorb their loss.

Fahrenthold will sign books and books will be available for purchase. Admission is free. 

On Sept. 16, the series will wrap up with George Michelsen Foy, an award-winning novelist, nonfiction writer and essayist who will discuss his latest book, “Run the Storm: A Savage Hurricane, A Brave Crew, and the Wreck of the SS El Faro.” The freighter El Faro was lost in the Bermuda Triangle.


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