Nick Fowler’s My Virtuous Sister

Release Event at NYU Bookstore

August 1, 2019 at 5:45 PM
NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway NY, NY 10003 • (212) 998-4667


Nick Fowler’s My Virtuous Sister is a hermetic testament to transcending abuse and demonstrating divine redemption.  The fable debuts missing 20-year-old Welsh emigrée Peddie Smout, famous as a pop superstar at the end of the last millennium. Among the post-9/11 rubble, her gay younger brother and soulmate Nate arrives in Christmas-season Manhattan in search of his sister. By piecing together the ragged index cards of the makeshift diary he recovers from the Grand Central locker in which Peddie had secreted it, Nate unfolds the story of previous New Year’s Eve 1999 and the brief but immortal fame of songstress Cordelia Peddie Smout, who, after having misunderstood seduction as the price of salvation, loses her record deal, gains a heroin habit, and ascends in the avatar of Alcoholics Anonymous. Or, rather, its star member, Teddy D., at whose “sober” New Year’s Eve rave the reader encounters not a few surprises.

Though Nate narrates Peddie’s trials from a skeptical distance through the device of her index card diary, the redemptive love of their sibling bond powers his envious/adoring narration, illuminating all that is resilient and luminous in Peddie’s character despite her fall from grace to very hard times. Ultimately, Nate discovers in the hermetic text of the diary the secret of the universe. That thoughts become things. That man is divine. The Kingdom’s within. As above, so below.

Nick Fowler's My Virtuous Sister has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Pak Kyongni Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award.

The momentum gained from the book’s publication is being leveraged solely to spread Nick’s message of world peace and the end of all division between human beings. As Nick explains, “No more infighting. No aggression. No more shameful gossip. No more infantile war. No more hypocrisy. Practice what you preach. Do unto others. It’s time to grow up. No more nonsense. For God’s sake. No more graft. No more greed.  The world is brimming with abundance. Let’s take it and forget all else. No more cowards afraid to create cathedrals of love. It’s high time we unite and achieve world peace. The key is unity. Love. Love is the ultimate reality. Forgive my New Age-y speak. We will all sing Bridge Over Troubled Water at the end of the event.”

Nick’s 2004 Astor Place reading broke attendance records and featured the tears of actress Meg Ryan.

Nick Fowler’s My Virtuous Sister can be purchased from Upper Hand Press and the eBook and audio book will be available from all platforms in the coming days.

An interview with Nick at The Authors Show will be broadcast for 24 hours on the day of the event, as well as an interview this week on Something Something.

Also at the event, Nick will perform “Heroin Girl,” a song based on My Virtuous Sister‘s heroine, Peddie Smout. “Heroin Girl” was produced by Andrew Wyatt, Oscar-winning songwriter of Lady Gaga’s international smash hit “Shallow” from the movie A Star is Born.