Can one nutty and talented gal love both Jolly Old England and the U.S. of A.? Can she wash down a bag of prawn-flavored crisps with Coca-Cola? Can she interchange “trousers” and “pants” in conversations? Why yes, yes she can—if she is Pippa Dunn, the heroine of Alison Larkin’s debut novel, The English American, an airy story of finding one’s identity and, you know, true love and stuff. Calling it a novel is a bit of a stretch, since the life of Pippa is very like that of Larkin. Both were raised by English adoptive parents. Both find out later in life their birth mum is really American. And both are charming, in their English-American ways. Larkin, who was adopted at birth in D.C., based her book on a one-woman show of the same name. She now lives in New Jersey with a husband and two kids and wants the rest of America to know that New Jersey is actually not its armpit.
Larkin discusses and signs copies of her work at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 418 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 638-7610.