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Author Event – Renee Carlino, “This Used to Be Us”

July 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


This event is free and open to the public; free seating is subject to available space on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure seating, reserve one book per person through Warwick’s for everyone in your party.

Warwick’s presents Renée Carlino as she discusses and signs her new book, This Used to Be Us, in conversation with Liz Fenton and Lisa SteinkeRenée Carlino is a screenwriter and the bestselling author of Sweet ThingNowhere But HereAfter the RainBefore We Were StrangersSwear on This Life, and Wish You Were Here, which was optioned for film with Julia Stiles directing. She lives in San Diego with her two sons.

Reserved Seating is available when This Used to Be Us is pre-ordered from Warwick’s through the linked green “Reserve Seats Here” button above. Only books purchased from Warwick’s will be signed. Please call the Warwick’s Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

There are two sides to every love story―and every breakup. Get ready for an emotional roller coaster of family, marriage, and divorce that will have you both laughing and crying, from the bestselling author of Before We Were Strangers.

After twenty-two years together, Danielle and Alex are getting a divorce. Once fiercely in love, they can barely stand the sound of each other’s voice. Instead of shuttling the kids between two broken homes, Alex and Dani decide to share a nesting apartment while swapping days with their two teenage boys at the family home.

In the apartment, Dani and Alex, on their own, begin to reflect on the last two decades―why they fell in love and why the marriage fell, spectacularly, apart. With the newfound space and time, they are given a chance to rediscover their autonomous selves again. They both get back in the dating pool. Dani finds major success at work as a showrunner on her own TV project, while Alex faces the challenges of a new relationship.

Still, they find that they just can’t stay away from each other, and somehow, the distance allows them to remember (for the first time in years) what each used to love about the other. When a family crisis draws them back into each other’s orbit, Dani and Alex are once again put to the test, which leads to a dramatic conclusion that will have readers weeping.

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over 30 years and survived high school and college together. They’ve coauthored seven novels, most recently Forever Hold Your Peace. They also host the popular podcast We Fight So You Don’t Have To. They both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in San Diego, California.


July 6
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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