What would you do if you believed you had only 10 days to live? Now, what would you do if your dad thought that and in response sent scathing emails to all his family members about how they should better live their lives? That’s the premise of Annie Liontas’ novel Let Me Explain You, told from the perspective of a proud Greek restaurant owner, his two daughters, and the many other voices that come together to create “a big, rollicking, tender novel with a truly original comic voice,” as described by celebrated short story writer George Saunders. Join Liontas for a conversation with Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia. Buy a copy of Let Me Explain You or a $15 strand gift card to attend the event, which will admit one person.
Overcoming the past is a key theme in young authors’ Edan Lepucki and Mira Jacobs debut novels, both published last year to great acclaim, so it seems natural that they would celebrate their paperback release with a discussion on the topic. Lepucki’s California tells the story of a couple living in the ruins of a dystopian America who must choose between freedom and security when they discover they are expecting a child. “Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future,” said Jennifer Egan (Welcome to the Goon Squad). Jacob’s The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing is about a daughter who returns to her childhood home to help with her unwell father, only to find herself confronted with strange looks from the hospital staff and a series of puzzling items buried in her mother’s garden. “When her plot springs surprises, she lets them happen just as they do in life: blindsidingly right in the middle of things,” said the Boston Globe.
Tuesday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street (Fort Greene).