Conversation & Book Signing: Sarah Langan, A BETTER WORLD in conversation with Hilarie Burton Morgan

Event date: 
Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 11:00am
Event address: 
The Center for Performing Arts
661 Route 308
Rhinebeck, NY 12572


Presented by Oblong Books in partnership with The CENTER for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck.

Bring your Sunday morning coffee and join Hilarie Burton Morgan as she talks with Sarah Langan about Langan's cunning, new, outside-the-box satirical thriller - A BETTER WORLD - about a family’s odyssey into an exclusive enclave for the wealthy that might not be as ideal as it seems.

Tickets: $30, includes a signed copy of A BETTER WORLD

A percentage of all ticket and book sales at this event will benefit The CENTER.


Sarah LanganA Better World by Sarah LanganHilarie Burton Morgan

You’ll be safe here. That’s what the tour guide tells the Farmer-Bowens when they visit Plymouth Valley, a walled-off company town with clean air, pantries that never go empty, and blue-ribbon schools, but all is not what it seems and Linda is warned by her husband and her powerful new friends to stop asking questions. But the more she learns, the more frightened she becomes. Should the Farmer-Bowens be fighting to stay, or fighting to get out? A Better World, is gleefully ruthless in its dissection of wealth, power, and privilege, timely in its depiction of a self-destructing world—and it is a prescient warning to us all.

A Better World is terrifying, shocking, sinister . . . and yet heartfelt and often hilarious. Langan has created a United States of the future that feels darkly recognizable—a depository of our current fears about environment, government, health. Her bright, shiny, twisted little town of tomorrow, Plymouth Valley, is a dark, thrilling indictment on the choices we make today.” —Gillian Flynn

"Ah, sinkholes. So random, so terrifying, they turn neighborhoods into 'oozing wounds'—especially when grievances fester angrily underneath the surface. Sarah Langan plumbs these literal and metaphorical depths as they rip apart a once-bucolic suburb in her disturbing and mordantly funny new novel, Good Neighbors,a departure and an extension of her early horror fiction." —Sarah Weinman, New York Times Book Review

"One of the creepiest, most unnerving deconstructions of American suburbia I've ever read. Langan cuts to the heart of upper middle class lives like a skilled surgeon." —NPR

Sarah Langan is a Columbia MFA graduate and three-time recipient of the Bram Stoker Award. She is the author of several novels including Good Neighbors. She grew up on Long Island and she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughters. 

Hilarie Burton Morgan is an actor, producer, farmer, liquor dis­tiller, candy dealer, kid chauffeur, and author. Known for her roles on One Tree Hill, White Collar, her work as an MTV VJ, and her turn as Lucille in The Walk­ing Dead, she lives with her husband, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, on Mischief Farm with their son, Gus, daughter, George, and a whole menagerie of animals. Image of Hilarie Burton Morgan by Lila Barth.


Good Neighbors: A Novel By Sarah Langan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982144371
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - October 5th, 2021