When MacNicol turned forty, she was still single and childless. Rather than submit to hetero-normative conventions that cast independent women as pitiable or selfish, MacNicol, an award-winning writer, cofounder of The List, and coauthor of There Will Be Blood, set out to chart an alternative path. Written during that pivotal fortieth year, her memoir takes her from Canada to New York to Wyoming, chronicling her discoveries of new ways to define her life. Direct and honest, without sentimentalizing or proselytizing, MacNicol contradicts everything she’d been taught to expect about being a woman alone. MacNicol will be in conversation with Garance Franke-Ruta. Franke-Ruta has been a political journalist and editor in Washington, D.C, for more than two decades. During that time she has covered four presidential campaigns and worked as editor in chief of Yahoo Politics, senior editor at The Atlantic, and national online politics editor at The Washington Post. She is currently working on her first book.