Join us in store on Tuesday, June 13th at 7pm to welcome Amy Grace Loyd back to Newtonville Books! 

Her sensuous and eerie new novel, The Pain of Pleasure, is set in a headache clinic in an abandoned church in Brooklyn, whose basement hides the secrets of many -- the Doctor, a missing patient, a nurse who has been hired to spy by a domineering patron, and other "marvelous characters weathering the torment of their own desires," as Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins writes. 

Sarah, the missing patient, has left behind the Doctor a diary of the days leading up to her vanishing, including details of her affair with a married man, who she believed could cure her chronic pain. But nothing is as it seems. The world outside violently storms along -- the weather has become increasingly unpredictable. Looking both outward and inward, "Loyd explores how suffering and our efforts to escape it define us," writes Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown

"Take the leap. This book is thrilling."--Lidia Yuknavitch, author of the national bestseller The Book of Joan.

Amy Grace Loyd is an editor, teacher, and author of the novel The Affairs of Others, a BEA Buzz Book and Indie Next selection. She began her career at independent book publisher W.W. Norton & Company and The New Yorker, in the magazine's fiction and literary department. She was the associate editor on the New York Review Books Classics series and the fiction and literary editor at Playboy magazine and later at Esquire. She's also worked in digital publishing, as an executive editor at e-singles publisher Byliner and as an acquiring editor and content creator for Scribd Originals. She has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University MFA writing program and a MacDowell and Yaddo fellow.

Check out Amy's recent essay "On Migraines, Pain, and Creativity" on The Millions


Event date: 
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
10 Langley Rd
Newton, MA 02459-1972
The Pain of Pleasure By Amy Grace Loyd Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948072113
Availability: Likely on our shelves now
Published: Roundabout Press - June 13th, 2023

A new novel from the author of The Affairs of Others.