We welcome Portland author Kate Nason, reading from her recently published memoir, Everything is Perfect. She will be joined in conversation by Portland author Whitney Otto.
Seven years into her second marriage, Kate discovered that her husband was cheating on her. Then, the unimaginable happened. She woke to the news that one of her husband's "other women" was at the center of a national scandal. The press surrounded her home, clamoring for details, and quickly transformed Kate's private heartbreak into public humiliation.
The book uncovers the little-known side of a well- known story, unveiling a cautionary tale about the ways we deceive ourselves when we allow ourselves to be deceived by those we love. Everything Is Perfect is an intimate reveal of infidelity, gaslighting, and the silent wife at the press conference. Nason explores the roles women inhabit throughout their lives, how they carry trauma, and the lengths they'll go to protect their children and save themselves. It's a fierce and often funny self-reckoning, a meditation on learning to trust one's intuition, and a case study of how one woman undid a bad "I do."
Nason earned her BA in Art History from the University of California at Los Angeles. After graduation she moved to Florence, Italy, where she planned to live forever. After two blissful years, she reluctantly returned to Los Angeles to enjoy a rewarding career in the LA contemporary art scene while simultaneously making dreadful choices in men. In 1994, she moved to Portland, where she started her own design business, divorced her second husband, and raised two children as a happily single mother. She lives here with her beloved husband—proof that two wrongs do make a right. She returns to Florence every chance she gets.