Best-selling author Tom Perrotta will read from his latest book "Mrs. Fletcher" from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 .

Library events are free and open to the public. Tickets and registration are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

In "Mrs. Fletcher," 46-year-old divorcee Eve Fletcher's only child has just left for college and she now struggles to adjust to her empty nest. She begins obsessing over a mysterious text and develops a growing interest in a porn website that features ordinary, middle-aged women like herself. Before long, Eve's online fixations spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence. Meanwhile, her hard-partying son flounders in a college environment that challenges his white-dude privilege and shames him for his outmoded, chauvinistic ideas of sex. As the New England autumn turns cold, both mother and son find themselves enmeshed in morally fraught situations that come to a head on one fateful November night.

Perrotta is the New York Times best-selling author of eight works of fiction. His books include "Election" and "Little Children," which were made into critically acclaimed films, and "The Leftovers," which was adapted into an HBO series.